When incumbent Utah Senator Orrin Hatch retires, there a highly visible Republican candidate is waiting in the wings. Cue failed presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Hatch announced he will retire once his term ends in 2018.
At 83, Orrin Hatch is one of the oldest members of the United States Senate. The oldest is Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who’s 84. Feinstein recently confirmed she plans to run for re-election.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear why Mitt Romney would want to be a senator. Romney, a 70-year-old multi-millionaire, is a former Massachusetts governor who was the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee.
In November 2016, the press went wild amid reports that then President-elect Donald Trump was considering Romney as Secretary of State. The news raised eyebrows because Romney did everything he could to ensure Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton.
At the time, Romney said he felt optimistic about the future of the United States with Trump as president.
“I happen to think America’s best days are ahead of us and I think you’re going to continue to see America lead the world in this century,” Romney said. “And what I’ve seen through these discussions I’ve had with president-elect Trump…give me increasing hope that president-elect Trump is the very man that can lead us to that future.”
Romney’s sycophantic praise was a shocking about-face from March 2016, when he held two press conferences to trash Trump as a “fraud, a phony, and a con man.”
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