Read the full text of Sen. Jeff Flake's speech

Read the full text of Sen. Jeff Flake's speech

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake announced he will not run again in 2018.

Flake, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, delivered a forceful condemnation of the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" and bemoaning political complicity in a Senate speech clearly directed at the president.

Speaking to a rapt audience of other senators, the first-term Arizona lawmaker spelled out his frustration and disappointment in a floor speech before relaying the news that he would not be on the ballot in 2018.

Read more about the political response to Flake speech HERE. Flake's full statement can be found below.

Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles.

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