"Well, Mitt Romney would be flawless", Hatch said. But citing several sources familiar with his thinking, The Atlantic reports Romney is apparently mulling another run at the upper chamber - this time to replace longtime Sen.
No, he's not planning to run for president again, but if Utah Sen. Hatch told National Journal last week, "If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring]".
Romney, according to The Atlantic, would only run with Hatch's blessing.
Romney, who lost the presidency to Barack Obama in 2012, is the first Mormon nominated to lead a major party's ticket for the White House and is highly regarded in Utah; however, he has been an open critic of President Donald Trump.
Is former MA governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinking of taking Orrin Hatch's place in the Senate?
Utah's senior Republican senator, first elected in 1976, hasn't been definitive about his intentions yet.
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He even added, 'Mitt Romney would be ideal'. Obviously I'm an Orrin Hatch supporter, ' McConnell told reporters in the Capitol Friday.
Later, Whitlock said in a statement that while Hatch "has occasionally offered off-hand speculation about his future, he remains laser-focused on his work in the Senate and has not yet made a decision about running for re-election".
"I don't think that's going to be a problem", he said.
Several high-profile Utah Republicans have been touted as potential challengers for Hatch in 2018, including form Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, Sutherland Institute president Boyd Matheson, World Trade Center Utah CEO Derek Miller and Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah.
Trump has been imploding on both the foreign and domestic policy fronts of late, so the reemergence of one of his preeminent establishment Republican rivals is not surprising.
Since his failed presidential bid, many have speculated about Romney returning to the political frontline, although no formal plans have materialized. "And that is the right way to approach this", Perry said.