Dropping ‘Big Lie’ a good first step toward compromise, says former Arizona senator

Dec 6, 2021, 6:55 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Congressional partisans need let-bygones-be-bygones, drop festering animosity about the “Big Lie” and move on toward striking compromise, says a former Republican senator. 

Former Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who will be sworn in Tuesday as ambassador to Turkey, talked with Inside Sources host Boyd Matheson about what needs to be done to move politics rutted in the past to getting important problems resolved for the country.

Look forward to find middle ground, avoid the Big Lie

Flake served in Congress for 18 years (2001-2019). He said he was concerned about the direction the nation is heading politically.

“I think the biggest thing facing the country is not any individual issue. But the failure to get together and work on these issues,” said Flake.

The good faith needed from both sides to solve problems has been in short supply for a while, he said.

“What do you hope happens here in the States — we won’t call it exile — while you’re far away?” Boyd asked.

“Congress is far more divided than ever,” he said.

He added while he is out of the country, he hopes the two political parties can come together and compromise.

“And in particular, my party, the Republican Party. This is a center-right country. I’m convinced . . . I remain convinced of that. And if we as Republicans can chart that course, without looking backwards on old elections, we will be far better off.”

A Big Lie

Flake said if the election choice is between a Republican who promotes the “Big Lie” that the last presidential election was stolen or a Democrat he disagrees with on fiscal policy and the size of government, “I would still walk on hot coals to vote for the Democrat because we simply have to get away from the kind of politics we’ve been practicing as Republicans.”

He said the country can survive the swinging of the political pendulum, but not failure to accept free and fair elections.

“And particularly as I go overseas and see how the world views the US, we really have to get back to first principles,” Flake said.

Politicians who go head-to-head with opponents on one topic one day will need those same people on another topic on another day. And that is missing from Washington, D.C., today, Boyd said.

Don’t bust the filibuster

Flake said he hopes any Democratic efforts to dismantle the filibuster fail.

“It really is one of the few mechanisms still left that forces the parties to work together,” he said.

Restoring compromise

The former senator said while running for re-election he would print brochures touting his work with Democrats, which he said used to earn him plaudits or praise.

“It’s become almost a badge of honor in an election in some circles to say ‘No, I won’t work with the other side,'” Flake said. “When you’re in a legislative body, you’ve got to reach agreement.”


Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson can be heard weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app. 

Election Result

Follow the ballot Utah election security...
Lindsay Aerts

Follow the Ballot: How Utah ballots are tabulated and audited

In the second of a two-part series, learn how Utah ballots are tabulated and audited to assure accuracy and election security.
4 months ago
Pennsylvania voting...
Paul Nelson

Group pushes for in-person voting, county clerks call it a bad idea

SALT LAKE CITY — One political group is promoting a new ballot initiative (in-person voting) that they believe would heighten ballot integrity by bringing the state’s election system to what it used to be.  However, the proposed law is getting intense pushback from county clerks.  The group Secure Vote Utah posted on its website that […]
7 months ago
Sandy mayor's race...
Nick Wyatt

Recount ordered for Sandy mayor’s race

The Sandy City Council voted Thursday about the results Sandy mayor's race. The council decided to send results back to the Salt Lake County Clerk to get the votes counted yet again.
7 months ago
Sandy to have first female mayor...
Nick Wyatt

Sandy to have first female mayor, will West Valley follow suit?

Sandy to have first female mayor, Monica Zoltanski. Will West Valley follow suit in electing their first female mayor, Karen Lang?
8 months ago
Voters emerge from Sabathani Community Center after casting their ballots during municipal election...
The Associated Press

Minneapolis voters reject replacing police with new agency

The initiative would have changed the city charter to remove a requirement that the city have a minimum number of officers in its police department.
8 months ago
Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and Democratic candidate for New York City mayor speaks duri...
The Associated Press

Democrat Eric Adams elected New York City mayor

Eric Adams, a Democrat and a former New York City police captain, has been elected as mayor of New York City.
8 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Prescription opioid...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Dropping ‘Big Lie’ a good first step toward compromise, says former Arizona senator