There’s a slugfest brewing among septuagenarians and octogenarians over the Utah Senate seat up for election in 2018; incumbent GOP Senator Orrin Hatch, 83, is considering stepping down, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, 70, is considering stepping up, and President Trump, 70, no friend of Romney’s, is reportedly urging Hatch to seek reelection.
In late March, Hatch was asked about the possibility of stepping down. He replied, “If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider it.” When asked if he had anyone in mind, Hatch answered, “Well, Mitt Romney would be perfect.”
Romney has been strongly considering the possibility, as McKay Coppins reported in The Atlantic:
For his part, Romney, who owns a house outside Salt Lake City, appears to be taking the potential Senate bid seriously. In addition to discussing it with Hatch and other party leaders in Utah, sources said Romney has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. According to two people with knowledge of the conversation, McConnell encouraged Romney to run if Hatch’s seat opens up, and sought to assure the former GOP presidential nominee that he would have more influence in the chamber than a typical junior senator…
Coppins added that Romney would likely challenge President Trump to remain conservative: --->Read the rest of the story HERE.
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