Arizona's GOP governor to attend Biden inauguration

Arizona's GOP governor to attend Biden inauguration
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Doug DuceyDoug DuceyTrump to attend fundraiser for Arizona GOP Senate candidate Arizona defies demand it stop using COVID-19 relief money for anti-mask schools Republicans poised to sweep Virginia, stunning Democrats MORE, Arizona’s Republican governor, announced Thursday that he plans to attend President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE’s inauguration next week. 

“In America, we believe in the peaceful transition of power. It doesn't matter who you supported in the election — once the election is over, we put country before party. Never has it been more important than right now to observe these traditions for the whole world to see," Ducey said in a statement. “I was honored to represent Arizona at the inauguration of President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE in 2017, and I am honored to represent our state at the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies next week.”

Ducey acknowledged that he and Biden have policy differences, but said he believes the president-elect to be a “good man" who "wants to serve his country” and that he looks forward to working with the incoming administration.

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Ducey, the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association, was a key supporter of President Trump during his first term. However, he withstood a barrage of attacks from the president following the November election, when Ducey certified Arizona’s election results affirming Biden as the winner of the state.

Trump for two months insisted falsely that he won the presidential election, only to first acknowledge that a new administration would be taking over just last week after a violent mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in furtherance of his efforts to protest the results. 

Biden defeated Trump by a narrow margin of about 10,500 votes in Arizona, making him the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since former President Clinton in 1996. Trump's campaign mounted unsuccessful legal challenges to the results in Arizona.

Ducey will be one of several current or former officials to attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami A sad reality: In a season of giving, most will ignore America's poor Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall MORE on Wednesday, including former Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush. Vice President Pence is also expected to attend the inauguration, though Trump has said he will not be there.

The inauguration is expect to have a smaller-than-usual footprint due to the coronavirus pandemic. Local officials have also discouraged people from traveling to participate in the events due to the threats of violence following the riot at the Capitol last week.