Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire; Romney could run

"As chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican senator in USA history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor", he said.

"It would be hard to defeat Mitt Romney if he were running here", said David Hansen, a longtime Utah Republican strategist and chairman of Hatchs political organization. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.

Hatch's decision not to pursue re-election is bound to shake up Utah state politics, and it is also likely to generate intrigue over the rumors that Mitt Romney is thinking about running to take his place.

"Congratulations to Senator Orrin Hatch on an absolutely incredible career". Over golf, Trump asked Sen.


As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Hatch played a pivotal role in passage of a massive tax reform bill last month. "He has been a tremendous supporter, and I will never forget the (beyond kind) statements he has made about me as President", Trump tweeted Tuesday. And the president used a speech in Salt Lake City to say that he hoped Mr. Hatch would "continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come".

A source who has always been close to Romney believes the former MA governor and GOP presidential nominee will run for Senate later this year.

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney thanked Hatch for his service in a statement posted to his Facebook page.

But Romney has also continued to criticize the President. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., what he thought of the former Republican nominee.


The last candidate Bannon supported in Utah, President Donald Trump, won the state in the 2016 general election but finished third in the Republican primary, 55 points behind Sen.

Mr. Romney intends to make his intentions known in a matter of weeks, according to an adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A spokeswoman for Romney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Hatch's retirement announcement, and it is unclear if he is interested in succeeding the elder statesman in the upper chamber. "And I believe the results speak for themselves".


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