Jeff Flake heads back to first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire

September 26, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is scheduled to return to New Hampshire next week, a visit that is sure to stoke speculation about him running against President Trump in the 2020 GOP nomination race or launching an independent bid.

Like his visit to New Hampshire in March, Mr. Flake plans to deliver a critique of the state of American politics this time in an address billed as “After the Deluge: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.”

Mr. Flake, who is not seeking re-election, has been one of the most vocal Republican critics of Mr. Trump and also is one of a few GOP lawmakers that has been coy about whether they plan to support the nomination of Judge Brett M/ Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Flake sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The panel is scheduled to hear testimony Thursday from Mr. Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused the judge of sexually assaulting her in high school, and then vote on Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation Friday.

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