Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

A long-time adviser to Romney told CNN that "it's just a hypothetical exercise" fueled by Utah Republicans' desire for Romney to run unless Hatch decides against seeking re-election.

According to status quo mouthpiece McKay Coppins, "Republican leaders and high-powered donors in Utah are waging a quiet but concerted campaign" aimed at convincing U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch to step down in 2018 so that Romney can run for the seat. "If he wants to run again, I'm for him", he told reporters Friday morning.

"I'm planning on running, but if I for some reason withdrew, I'd be thrilled if Mitt Romney would be willing to consider it", Hatch said.

In any event, if he wins (and it's hard to find anyone in Utah who doesn't think he'd win in a cakewalk if Hatch gets out of the way), Romney would have another distinction: He'd be the oldest freshman senator popularly elected to a full term. During his bid for the White House in 2012, he won the state in the primary with 93 percent of the vote, and dominated former President Barack Obama with 72.62 percent.

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'I've had some conversations w mitt Romney.

In this photo taken November 19, 2016, Mitt Romney talks to media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate, if a vacancy opens in Utah.

Also, if Hatch decides to retire, Romney would want someone of the Mormon faith in the Senate to defend the church, which he belongs to.

It has all left Utah Republicans unclear whether Hatch is serious about seeking re-election. "He doesn't have to give an answer today".

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