Senator Orrin Hatch Announces Plan to Retire

Senator Orrin Hatch Announces Plan to Retire

"But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves, and for me, that time is soon approaching".

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been considering a 2018 run for his seat.

Mr. Hatch's decision clears the way for the political resurrection of Mr. Romney, the former MA governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee who is now a Utah resident and is popular in the Mormon-heavy state.

Hatch also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was at the center of numerous biggest confirmation battles.

Romney has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and the president has also lambasted him.

The powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman played a significant role in helping Republicans pass a major tax overhaul before Christmas. In a very statesman-like way, Romney said Hatch "represented the interests of Utah" with honor and distinction.

Bachmann, a former Tea Party star, would likely run a campaign more in line with Trump's branding: In a recent interview with Jim Bakker, she predicted that "the swamp" would push back against her candidacy, an allusion to Trump's anti-Washington tagline, "drain the swamp".

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The 2o12 Republican presidential nominee has not made any definitive public statements about his plans.

After Hatch helped spearhead the passage of the GOP's tax reform bill last month, he effusively praised Trump at a White House celebration, calling him "a heck of a leader" and predicting that his presidency would be "the greatest. not only in generations, but maybe ever".

Hatch is now in his seventh term - first elected in 1976 - and is the Senate president pro tempore. Senator Hatch may run for reelection.

Other conservatives in the state have been trying to recruit another conservative challenger to contest Romney from the right, but no candidates have yet come forward. As the two senators talked over each other, Hatch said he was exhausted of Democrats' "bull crap".

In his Tuesday announcement, Hatch mentioned the president, who urged him to run last month.

Bloomberg News reported in October that Bannon was planning to play in nearly every Republican Senate primary contest, anyway, but a couple of the Breitbart News chief's would-be targets - Sen. He withdrew from the race after only winning 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses and then endorsed George W. Bush.

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