Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

GOP's Hatch says he will retire from US Senate after 40 years

GOP's Hatch says he will retire from US Senate after 40 years

Hatch, the Senate's longest serving Republican, has wrestled with the decision for months, emboldened by the entreaties of President Donald Trump to seek an eighth term.

Romney was a vocal critic of Trump's during the 2016 election and could be a potential thorn in the president's side in the Senate.

Romney has until March 15 to file for Hatch's seat. "Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors". The veteran senator was also facing harsh poll numbers in Utah, where 75 percent of voters indicated in a survey last fall that they did not want him to run again.

Romney would likely be among a small number of influential Republicans willing to take on Trump.

As I have noted before, Romney and Breitbart News were very friendly in 2012, when the former MA governor was the GOP presidential nominee. And the president used a speech in Salt Lake City to say that he hoped Mr. Hatch would "continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come". Over golf, Trump asked Sen.

Hatch, 83, the president pro tempore, made the announcement just a few weeks after Republicans passed a major tax overhaul package in Congress that President Trump has signed into law.

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If Hatch had opted to stay in the Senate, he could have faced a formidable challenge from a crop of ambitious Utah Republicans.

The president has had Romney on his mind. And for me, that time is soon approaching.

Evan McMullin, a 2016 presidential candidate from Utah who has also been critical of Trump, immediately urged Romney, the former governor of MA, to step into the race. "Hatch more than anybody".

Bannon, of course, would need to find a Romney opponent to back - ideally one who won't be accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, like Moore, or cozy up to white supremacists, like Paul Nehlen, a challenger to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., whom Breitbart supported in 2016.

"It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career".

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