Flake also stated that he does not think Trump is the only electable candidate in 2020, opening the door for what he thinks could be a successful GOP challenger.
According to The Hill, Flake expressed his 2020 hopes while speaking at a debate hosted by Intelligence Squared in New York over the weekend. The debate circled around whether the GOP should renominate President Trump; joining him to argue against the nomination was New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
"Are you willing to lose a cycle for the Republican Party because of the principles that you're arguing?" moderator John Donvan asked Flake.
"Oh yes, yes," Flake replied.
Flake reasoned that Trump's policies on immigration will hurt the Republican Party over time despite it playing well with his base.