Is former MA governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinking of taking Orrin Hatch's place in the Senate? Obviously I'm an Orrin Hatch supporter, ' McConnell told reporters in the Capitol Friday.
"The rumors are just rumors until Senator Hatch decides he wants to do", said Jason Perry, Director of Hinckley Institute of Politics. Orrin Hatch to retire so that they can run Trump critic Mitt Romney for Senate.
There has been much speculation about whether Republican Sen.
Hatch was elected to the Senate in 1976, and as the senior Republican and president pro tempore gaveled in a rules change that ended the judicial filibuster for Supreme Court nominees on Thursday. "I have never taken any election for granted, and I would relish the opportunity to put my record before the voters". Romney wants to be on the national stage and giving him a platform in the Senate to troll Trump is his gosh and golly fashion would be some sweet comic relief.
'If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring],' Hatch said.
Friday, Hatch told CNN he regularly talks to Romney but said it is "early to talk about this stuff".
The reactions from Utah's Congressional members were a reversal from 2013, when Hatch, Chaffetz and Stewart said they did not support USA intervention in Syria's prolonged civil war. A popular politician in the Beehive State, Romney would be considered a likely front-runner and also a potential thorn in the side of President Donald Trump. Hatch's office then sought to downplay the "overhyped intrigue" his comments has provoked.
"I do think he's bored", the Romney associate said. That seems to be a selling point for some Utah Republicans.
"It's going to have a chilling effect" on any competition, Perry said. President Trump, in contrast, has only ever won 45.5% of the Beehive state.
"Sen. Hatch is acting right now like someone who is planning to run". "You keep every option open, even if he is thinking in the back of his mind he might be done at the end of this term".