Romney Breaks Silence On Hatch Retirement - Raises More Questions Than Answers

Romney Breaks Silence On Hatch Retirement - Raises More Questions Than Answers

"I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington", said Hatch.

Hatch's retirement opens the door for Republican Mitt Romney to run for his seat, as has been rumoured in recent weeks.

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

Shortly after Hatch's announcement, Romney posted a statement on his Facebook page congratulating Hatch for his more than 40 years of service in the Senate.

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

As chairman of Senate Finance Committee, Hatch played a key role in passing the tax bill that President Trump signed into law late last month. Hatch said he'd be happy to explain his church to Bannon, adding, "I've got a copy of the Book of Mormon with his name on it".

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

Hatch, 83, was first elected in 1976 and had spent months publicly deliberating about whether to stand again for reelection in November.

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

The newspaper pointed out that Hatch, who has referred to himself as "a tough old bird", has faced questions about his age and his health - acknowledging that his decision on whether to run again would likely hinge on his own health and the health of his wife.

Brown, a liberal firebrand, said people know Republicans want to help the rich because it's "in their DNA". The dispute occurred as Republicans pushed a near $1.5 trillion, 10-year tax cut for businesses and individuals through the Senate Finance Committee over Democrats' objections. As the two senators talked over each other, Hatch said he was exhausted of Democrats' "bull crap".

"The Utah Republican Party is quite conservative", said Phill Wright, a member of the state Republican central committee and a former party vice chairman.

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"We are going to make this the greatest presidency we have seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever", Mr. Hatch said. He withdrew from the race after only winning 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses and then endorsed George W. Bush. One of his songs, "Unspoken", went platinum after appearing on "WOW Hits 2005", a compilation of Christian pop music.

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