Romney Rumors Ratchet Up as Hatch Considers Retirement

By NTK Staff | 05.25.2017 @10:06am
Romney Rumors Ratchet Up as Hatch Considers Retirement

The former Republican presidential nominee may run for Senate in Utah, if Hatch, 83, decides not to seek reelection

Senator Mitt Romney? That may be what we’re calling the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee if reports out of Utah are correct.

Utah Policy is reporting that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) may announce his retirement rather than seek reelection in 2018. Hatch, 83, stated that 2012 would be his final campaign, but changed his mind as recently as March 2017.

However, the Senate’s second highest-ranking official did leave open the possibility of retirement if one man sought his seat: Mitt Romney.

Hatch pointed to Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, when asked if he had anyone in mind to replace him.

“I’ve expressed interest to him,” he responded. “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.”

Then on Thursday, Utah Policy reported that the scenario described in March is now “very likely.” has been told by various sources that U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is leaning against running for re-election in 2018, and will likely retire. The second part of the rumor is that Mitt Romney is very likely to seek Hatch’s seat.

UtahPolicy is hearing that Hatch will announce in the fall, perhaps as early as August, that he intends to retire and devote his efforts to the Hatch Foundation …

So while it’s still a wait-and-see game, Thursday’s report is the most definitive yet that Hatch may retire and Romney may seek the seat.

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