Romney has been considering a Senate run for months, but he may only seek for the GOP nomination if Hatch declines to run for another term.
The former MA governor was reportedly seriously considering running for Senate in his new home state of Utah, under the condition that the state's longtime senator, Orrin Hatch, decided not to run for re-election in 2018. Mitt Romney from running for the Senate seat.
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As the president visited Utah on Monday, he also was embarking on a behind-the-scenes campaign to convince Hatch not to retire, according to Politico.
"Whether it's confirming judges, passing tax reform or accomplishing any part of his agenda, Hatch is a key player in getting anything done", Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock said late Sunday.
"Orrin, I really hope you will consider running again", Trump reportedly told the seven-term senator in a phone call in October. Orrin Hatch to Utah on Monday to announce his decision to roll back the size of former President Barack Obama's last-minute designation of two national monuments in Utah. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University", Romney said. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn't like the idea of a Senator Romney, Politico reports. "We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come", he said.
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"There's widespread concern within the White House that Romney in the Senate could make Trump's life hard", reported Politico's Alex Isenstadt, noting Romney's vociferous condemnations of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. "He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat", he added.
A source close to Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon told the Washington Examiner that he would absolutely consider backing Hatch. Later, when Trump assumed office, he floated Romney as a potential candidate for Secretary of State, but snubbed him in favor of former Exxon C.E.O. Either way, Trump-not to mention his former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is allegedly considering a Hatch endorsement-may not have much of a choice in the matter.
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