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GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: The Republican Party ‘Has Lost Its Way’

Senator Jeff Flake spoke with CBS’ John Dickerson on Face the Nation this morning about how he’s troubled by what he’s seeing happen in his party.

Flake, who was on promoting his new book Conscience of a Conservative, said that just like when Barry Goldwater wrote his book of the same name, he feels the Republican party “has lost its way.”

“We’ve given in to nativism and protectionism,” he said. “And I think that if we’re going to be a governing party in the future and a majority party, we’ve got to go back to traditional conservatism.”

He also lamented the viciousness happening on the right, pointing to Anthony Scaramucci‘s profane rant from last week as an example. He lamented how “we as Republicans kind of gave away the limited government mantle when we spent like crazy” in years past and ended up focusing on “wedge issues.”

At one point Dickerson asked him about how some Republicans are more hesitant to speak out against President Trump. And while Flake is encouraged by some things he’s done, “we’ve got to recognize, as elected officials, we’ve got to stand up for what we know is right.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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