Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

Is former MA governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinking of taking Orrin Hatch's place in the Senate?

Sen. Orrin Hatch has served in the Senate since 1977, and originally planned to step down after 2018, but after Republicans lost two seats in the Senate during the 2016 elections, he asserted he would most likely run again. Orrin Hatch. The Republican celebrated his 83rd birthday last month and has spent the past 40 years in the Senate. Hatch told National Journal last week, "If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring]".

Romney, according to The Atlantic, would only run with Hatch's blessing.

Romney never wanted to leave national politics after the 2012 election, and it would be downright amusing to see him replace Orrin Hatch in the Senate. If he wants to run again I'm for him, ' McConnell said.

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Romney discussed the possibility of a run for Sen.

"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney", McConnell told reporters. I said, 'If I don't run I'd sure like him to consider running.' He's not going to run if I do.

In reaching out to Romney, Hatch said he is trying to prevent a divisive Utah primary over his successor.

Hatch's communications director Matt Whitlock suggested the Utah senator's public indecision is insincere. "I can see why he might not want to do it, but I can also see why if he did it, it would be a great thing for America". 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. Chaffetz raised Hatch's ire in 2012 when he publicly considered challenging Hatch for his seat.

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