Mitt Romney endorses Orrin Hatch in re-election bid


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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    Hey Doug10, most of those 800 deaths in Illinois for lack of health care were most likely homicides in Chicago.

    I'd much rather have a reliable Republican like Hatch in the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee than Olympia Snow who votes with the Democrats 75 percent of the time.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Sept. 14, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    I almost voted for Romney until I heard he was backing Hatch.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    The perfect storm- Hatch is defeated in the nominating process (we all know he wins if he gets a primary) so he does not play nice like Bob and runs as an independent and wins easily- what will all the tea party folk say then?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    Hatch cannot endorse Romney for fear of tea party backlash.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Poor Orrin, Mitt just gave you the Kiss of Death.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Sept. 12, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    Please get your facts straight! Romney was Governor of the most liberal state in the union and that state wanted a healthcare program. Think before you make outlandish comments. Any state can have their own healthcare if they so choose. Mitt has already gone on record as being committed to dismantling Obamacare.

  • milano SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    Hatch has done a good job on representing Utahns in the Senate. Mitt Romney obviously understands the good Orrin has done and continues to do for Utah.

  • B Logan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    Now before we all go ripping on Mitt (I want Hatch gone as much as anyone) consider that his only real opposition for the GOP nomination (Rick Perry) was once the campaign chair in Texas for....wait for it....AL GORE. So..clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Romney isn't perfect, but he's good. He's the most qualified of any candidate, GOP or Democrat, to run the country right now.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Mitt had a tea party response that was nearly palatable during his debate. When he tries to force feed the tea party a Hatch endorsement it wont fly.

    Historically Hatch and Romney each have tried to change the healthcare in this country. I think it was because there is an obvious need. Last year in Illinois there were over 800 attributable deaths of Americans who died because of lack of healthcare. This is way more Americans than died last year in the three wars we are involved in.

    I applaud Hatch and Romney for trying to do something but it saddens me that they are trying to return to status quo now as it is the politically correct thing to do. By over turning Obamacare they don't help the country but it might get them elected.

    The need for change still exists but men of integrity have changed and got on the party train, however they would still like you to vote for them.

    They will fix the country "once they are elected...just trust them"

  • Allen#1 West Valley, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    I vividly recall when we moved here in 1975 that Orrin Hatch's main theme was 3 terms for Frank Moss was too many.

    Now the sneaky, unethical Orrin Hatch is campaigning for his 7th term after feeding off the lobbyists for almost 35 years.

    I was disappointed when Chaffetz suddenly lost interest in challenging Orrin.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Hatch has been in office longer than Hitler.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Romney is clearly an establishment candidate. Voting for this globalist will be a big mistake.

  • ReaganFan Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 12, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Mitt Romney was fairly effective as Governor of Massachusetts considering how liberal the state is. Not to mention how successful he was in turning around the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. His experience in business and governing make him an excellent candidate for President and it's great to see that he's on Senator Hatch's side.

  • DR Hall Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    Politians always say nice things about their friends even when they need to lie and deceive about them. Too bad too. Hatch and the rest of the Republicans have definately not cared about the people. They have fought hard to prevent people from having jobs, piled debt on top of people for the next 100 years needlessly, removed regulations that allowed polution to destroy our environment from one end of the USA to the other, sent soldiers to their deaths needlessly, and allowed China to steal our trade secrets and get finacial control of the US for the last 10 years. Now Romney says this is great for the American people? I wonder how much Hatch paid for that bunch of lies?

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    Romney, Huntsman are both disappointments. Orrin will continue to claim he is entitled to the position and no one else has the right to challenge him. His response to Chaffetz anouncement was arrogant and dismissive. I hope we find a different real conservative, non progressive, to run for the office.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Go ahead torpedo Hatch, win the Senate and get Olympia Snow as the Finance Committee Chairperson. Now she is a full blown RINO and we are all dead.

  • libertarian Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    A great reason not to vote for either one. I don't know of any "Tea Partyers" that suppurt either one.

    Sept. 12, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    I don't think Hatch really wants this endorsement. He is already being tageted for being too much of a RINO, and Romney is about as moderate as it gets. Hatch is being challenged from the right, not the left. And Mitt's endorsement brings to mind many of the similarities they both have. Romney included an indivdual mandate in his Mass. health care plan, and Hatch voted for an individual mandate on the federal level in 1993. Senator Hatch voted for the Wall Street bailout, the auto bailout, and the Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac bailouts. Senator Hatch has voted to raise the debt ceiling five times in just the last ten years.

    He needs the endorsement of someone like Palin, Bachmann, or Perry. A Romney endorsement will help him with the TEA party about as much as an appearance on The View.

  • Andre Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    Probably a good tactical move for Romney. He has Utah's electoral votes in the bag, but securing Hatch's influential support in the Senate could be crucial.
    I'm not thrilled with Hatch and will vote against him if he is opposed by a viable conservative candidate. In addition, I don't like the idea of one of only two Senate seats being dominated by one man for so many years. I think our democracy would be healthier if more people had the opportunity to serve.
    As for LDS Liberals laughable assertion that tea partiers now face some kind of unbearable mental conflict now that Romney has endored Hatch: don't worry about us, we'll manage.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    It's about time we had some sanity in all this tea party junk.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    I kind of like Romney less...now. Hatch has been there toooooooooo loooooong. Take the Bennett hint and don't run.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    New tea party convert- endorses other new tea party convert.

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    Romney's endorsement of Hatch, speaking as one state delegate, means as much to me as Romney's endorsement of Bennett -- not much.

  • 3arwax Logan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    He also endorsed Bob Bennett.

  • gnightjohnboy PROVO, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    Romney proclaims loudly for all to hear that "lifetime politicians" created the mess we're in and can't be the ones to solve the crisis . . . and yet he "couldn't be prouder" to support the reelection campaign of one of those same lifetime politicians who helped create the mess (remember Orrin's comment about voting for the Medicare drug benefit and how that "was back when we weren't worrying how to pay for things"?). Good grief Mitt, which is it? But as king of the flip floppers, we shouldn't have expected anything else from Romney.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Romney is looking less viable all the time.
    Without conservatives he doesn't stand a chance. This is way too early to rush to the middle. You need the nomination first.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 12, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Gotta love this...

    Tea Partiers who love and support Mitt must now stop ginding their axes against Hatch and silently Eat crow followed by Humble pie for dessert while holding their noses and voting to re-elect the same guy they've hated, trash talked, and had in their cross-hairs for months.