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Hatch Made Early Push to Recruit Romney

The senator brought up the idea in a March meeting.

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Kimberly Railey
Feb. 6, 2018, 11 a.m.

In March last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) met with Mitt Romney to tell him he was “likely to retire” and would like the former presidential candidate to succeed him.

“That moment firmly planted the seeds for Romney’s unlikely foray into statewide Utah politics nearly six years after he won the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2012. … In his meeting with Romney last year, Hatch handed a memo to the former Massachusetts governor—who owns homes in California and New Hampshire, as well as Utah—laying out the case for why he should run in the Beehive State.”

“Hatch, meanwhile, was thinking about his own legacy after more than four decades in office. And while Romney would never amass the seniority that Hatch has in the Senate, he had the gravitas to immediately become a national voice for Utah.”

Hatch: “As I was thinking about retiring I was thinking, ‘I don’t want some dud to replace me.’”

Romney is all but certain to announce his bid for Senate on Feb. 15. (Boston Globe)

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