The longest-serving Republican in the Senate, Orrin Hatch of Utah, has decided he will not seek reelection as his seventh term nears its end. Senator Hatch is 83 years old and is the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. In a statement, reported by Fox News, Hatch said his decision came after “much prayer and discussion with family and friends.” He continued, “Only in a nation like ours could someone like me — the scrappy son of a simple carpenter — grow up to become a United States Senator.” With Hatch retiring, it opens the door for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to run for the seat.
Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has a home in Utah and there have been rumors for weeks that he might even challenge Hatch in a primary. Romney would be a heavy favorite to win the seat in very red Utah. He won the state in 2012 by a margin of nearly 3 to 1. Romney is not a fan of the president. He has been extremely critical of the president, particularly after the way the president handled Charlottesville. It would make a very interesting working relationship for the two if Romney won the seat. Still, with Hatch retiring, a question comes to mind. Should Mitt Romney run for the seat?
MSNBC discussing Senator Hatch’s retirement and the possibility of Mitt Romney running for Senate:
Should Mitt Romney run for Senate in Utah? Is he a man of integrity who is the best man for the job? Or, do his issues with President Trump make him the wrong one for the seat?
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