Senator Romney? Mitt Might Run


Poll Shows Romney Winning

Is Mitt Romney planning a run for the U.S. Senate? The Republican former Massachusetts governor and presidential nominee says he would run if Utah Senator Orrin Hatch retires. At 83, Hatch is the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history.

"Romney is very likely to enter the race if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire," Utah Policy reports. "According to sources close to Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a twice-presidential candidate is preparing to run if Hatch steps down."

Utah Policy also notes that Romney is likely to win should he run. A statewide poll should Romney taking 64 percent of the vote. The declared Democratic candidate would win just 24 percent.

Hatch tells Politico he will decide by the end of the year if he will seek re-election next year or retire. 

"Right now, I tend to run again. But who knows?" he said.

But "Hatch said Monday that he would 'feel good' about retiring if Romney ran," Deseret News reports.

"As of right now, we're certainly saying we are" running for re-election, the senator said. "But I have to say that I would be very pleased if Mitt Romney did run for Senate. I would feel good about retirement at that particular point."

That's because Romney is "highly qualified, a very quality guy and he would represent Utah very, very well," Hatch told KSL Newsradio. "I'm not trying to appoint somebody. I'm just saying if that happened to come about I would be pleased."

Mitt Romney is 70. He lost against President Barack Obama in 2012. Despite coming out against Donald Trump during the election, he talked with the president about being Secretary of State earlier this year. Many felt Trump was just leading him on and trying to get him to apologize. 

It's doubtful Romney would be a foil against President Trump's actions, behavior, or agenda should he become a Senator.

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