McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

The GOP's 2012 nominee Mitt Romney is thinking about running for Senate in 2018 if incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah decides to retire

"According to six sources familiar with the situation, Romney has spent recent weeks actively discussing a potential 2018 Senate bid with a range of high-level Republicans in both Utah and Washington, and has privately signaled a growing interest in the idea", Coppins reported in a piece that ran in The Atlantic.

Hatch is 83 years old and has served in the Senate since 1977.

Last month, Hatch told the National Journal that if Romney ran, he might step down.

"The reality is Utah loves Mitt Romney and there's a reason he rises to the list when people start thinking of replacements for Senator Hatch", Perry said.

Hatch told CNN on Friday that he speaks to Romney regularly - but deflected questions about Romney, the former MA governor who is Mormon and owns a home in Utah, replacing him, saying it is "early to talk about this stuff". During his bid for the White House in 2012, he won the state in the primary with 93 percent of the vote, and dominated former President Barack Obama with 72.62 percent.




Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has spoken to failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, following reports that Romney is considering a run for the Senate.

McConnell told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference, "I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney. If he wants to run again, I'm for him".

Hatch's communications director Matt Whitlock suggested the Utah senator's public indecision is insincere.

It has all left Utah Republicans unclear whether Hatch is serious about seeking re-election.

Also, if Hatch decides to retire, Romney would want someone of the Mormon faith in the Senate to defend the church, which he belongs to. But if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.

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