Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said today that he has reached out to Mitt Romeny to gauge his interest in running for the Senate, the AP reports. The 83-year-old Hatch has fueled some of it. Obviously I am an Orrin Hatch supporter. Orrin has to decide what he wants to do.
"If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring]", he said, adding, "Mitt Romney would be ideal".
"If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might consider it", Hatch told the Journal.
No, he's not planning to run for president again, but if Utah Sen.
"He's having a lot of fun with you guys", Whitlock tweeted Friday.
Talk about Romney, meanwhile, is viewed as much more hypothetical - particularly because Romney has always been hesitant to close doors.
Romney, who lost to President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, was an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, but he drew criticism when he courted the secretary of state position after the election.
Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, lives in Utah.
Currently, though, Romney is on a charity trip in Indonesia.
"I wouldn't want that to happen again", Hatch said.
Although he was raised in Michigan, Romney has strong links to the state of Utah, owning a vacation home in Salt Lake City, as well as holding an honorary doctorate from the University of Utah.
He said that after Hatch's comments to the National Journal, "people started talking". And Romney has said he would only run with Hatch's blessing.
"I don't think that's going to be a problem", he said.
"It's just hard to read whether Sen".
Despite Senator Hatch still deciding if he'll run for an eighth term rumors about Romney are flying. "He doesn't have to give an answer today".