Senator Orrin Hatch's exit opens door to Mitt Romney

03 January, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch R-Utah speaks to reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington Nov. 27 2017. Hatch says he is retirin

Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday that he's going to retire from Congress at the end of the year after having served in the upper chamber since 1977.

Bloomberg News reported in October that Bannon was planning to play in nearly every Republican Senate primary contest, anyway, but a couple of the Breitbart News chief's would-be targets - Sen. "I was an amateur boxer in my youth and I've brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington, but every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves and for me that time is soon approaching".

Amid earlier speculation about Hatch's plans, the Utah senator stepped up to defend Romney, a fellow Mormon, against criticism from Bannon.

As the two senators talked over each other, Hatch said he was exhausted of Democrats' "bull crap". Over golf, Trump asked Sen. He now serves as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. In a very statesman-like way, Romney said Hatch "represented the interests of Utah" with honor and distinction.

Romney maintains residence in Utah and was the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee before going on to serve as governor of MA and challenge Barack Obama as the Republican nominee in the 2012 presidential election.

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Hatch's announcement rejuvenated already lively talk of a possible Romney return to the political arena.

The president has had Romney on his mind. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., what he thought of the former Republican nominee.

Romney famously met with Trump after the 2016 presidential election for a "wonderful" dinner while under consideration for a cabinet position, but mostly, the establishment Republican has been a staunch critic of the president.

But as the president prodded Hatch to stay, voices in his home state were urging him to go. "If he doesn't, the voters should end it for him", the editorial concluded.

Senator Orrin Hatch abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, which immediately had people speculating about his replacement. "As your senator, Ive always sought to fight for those who could not fight for themselves".


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