Trump pushing Hatch to run for 8th term

Marsha Scott
December 6, 2017

"I've gotten to know a lot of people very well", the president said in introductory remarks focused on Hatch during a Salt Lake City speech about national monuments. But when the press followed up with a question about whether Trump's enthusiasm for Hatch was meant to deter Romney, he demurred, replying, "He's a good man. Mitt's a good man". "He's not afraid to take on the big boss around here", Hatch said. But according to Politico, the president has launched a one-man campaign to urge Hatch to run for re-election, which has been widely read as a slight to his former political foe, Mitt Romney.

However, the 83-year-old politician's refusal to leave the office has resulted in Romney's inner circle blaming Trump by claiming that the president is not comfortable with the idea of the former presidential candidate becoming a senator. They also said both politicians are expected to meet Mormon leaders immediately after reaching Utah, and then will proceed to the state capitol where Trump will reportedly sign the executive order to reduce the size of Utah's Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments. But Trump reportedly put a wrench in that plan, telling Hatch over the phone, "Orrin, I really hope you will consider running again". Hatch, who is flying to Utah and back Monday with Trump on Air Force One, has been one of the president's most loyal and outspoken supporters in the Senate. At the time, Hatch told Trump that he hadn't yet made up his mind.

Although Trump aides attributed the president's efforts to his bond with Hatch, those close to Romney believe the president's primary motivation is to keep Romney, whom he publicly sparred with throughout the 2016 campaign, from entering the Senate, according to Politico. "He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat", he added.

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"If Steve had a choice between Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney, he would pick Hatch 10 times out of 10", the source close to Bannon told the Washington Examiner.

Romney was planning to run for the position held by Hatch, on the assumption the senator would retire, according to a report by Politico.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly considering endorsing an eighth term by Sen.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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