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Published: Friday, Feb. 24 2012 3:33 p.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

I won't be voting for him,
never have in those 36 years.

But I'm not ike those who say they want Hatch out, but will vote for him again anyway,
just because he has the letter "R".

That's why he's been there for so long, period.

Fenwick5
ogden, UT

Hatch is a hypocrite, and so confident it makes me wary. When he says things like "God wants me to do it" etc. you have to believe its time for him to step down.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

Hatch, the longest serving U.S. senator is Utah's history, said if he gets another six years, he'll work on things that "absolutely have to be done if the country is going to be preserved in its current strong state."

Is our country in a current strong state? I suppose if every U.S. citizen, like a U. S. Senator had a base salary of approx. $200,000 per year with a few extra million in unspent campaign coffers, 100% health coverage at no cost and a $200,000 per year retirement fund, then yes, our country I guess is in a current strong state.

However, if I was a U.S. Senator for 36 years and I helped pass legislation that would create the kind of foolish debt that would place the next 10 generations in a state of financial slavery, I'm not so sure I would vote for MYSELF in the next election.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Hatch needs to be soundly and roundly defeated by Pete Ashdown.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

"Hatch said the nation needs a change in leadership".

I agree. Let's start with the leader of the Senate Finance Committee.

Based on historical voting records, if Hatch were a leader of any finance committee, he would have been fired 35 years ago.

homebrew
South Jordan, UT

hatch is whats wrong with this country. The entire Gop hasnt got over the election of president Obama. Republicans caused the mess we are in, Bill Clinton left the country in Grat shape, But Hatch and the GOp just cant get over it. They lie, they play on fears. this election cycle is getting downright ugly. and its just starting. Jeb Bush, a republican favorite calls the GOP Rhetoric, "Troubling" He says the GOP is trying to appeal to peoples fears and emotions. Some of the Gop presidential candidates have sad things like, (Newt)The morning after Obama is sworn in for his second term, he will wage war on the catholic church. Really? (Santorum) If Obama is re elected, America will not be the land of free people and free enterprise. Really? (Bachman) "There is No future, No Hope" Really? There is something especially Rancid about the never ending efforts by the GOP to turn President Obama into a stranger, an alien, a manchurian candidate, with a diabolical hidden agenda. I for one am sick of the GOP. America is too.

Bifftacular
Spanish Fork, Ut

Orrin, I hate to break it to you but... you won't winning this time. I admire your bravado but it just isn't in the cards for you this go around. You'll be beat by Dan Liljenquist at the convention who will then go on and win the election (sorry Pete Ashdown, you have even less of a chance but keep trying).

I get the impression from some of your recent (and not so recent) comments that you feel entitled to be our senator. That is where I get personally turned off. The truth is you've been lucky & fortunate to be a senator for this long but now the time for you to fade into the sunset has come. Farewell and good luck.

Keat7
KOOSHAREM, UT

Why is he so desperate to continue to embarrass Utah?

carpoolmom
SOUTH JORDAN, Salt Lake

Please please people do you really want a KING? That is the main reason he should be out. But there are many other reasons as well. Hatch said our grandchildren are going to be strung out with debt.He acts as if he wasn't part of the reason this happened although he voted for Bush's stimulus, bailouts, tarp and on and on. It is so sad to see someone so intent on having power that he tries to deceive the people to believe that he is the Savior to fix these problems that he created. He really thinks we are that dumb. Very sad.

WHAT NOW?
Saint George, UT

He is an incumbent Republican.

He has an enormus "war chest".

He can get re-elected in Utah.

"...I'm gonna win...".

It's all about him and his ego.

Not a word about serving.

Sad.

OneAmerican
Idaho Falls, ID

@ LDS Liberal

Actually, because he has the letter R, he will likely (I sure hope!) get "primaried" like Benson. That R stands for RINO. He has forgotten his conservative values and revives them every 6 year only to get elected...then it's back to Washington to pass liberal legislation like CHIPS etc. When I read in a Des News article that he was asked why Senators and Congressman don't pass a law that requires them to live by the same laws they pass rather than exempting themselves and he answered "That might cause more problems than it would solve" I KNEW he needed to be defeated...because that is simply ridiculous and a sure sign of Potomac fever. Bring him Home Utah, send a true conservative to take his place.

rightascension
Provo, UT

Hmm. Don't remember Senator Hatch voting against the deficit spending of the Reagan administration, of the Bush I administration, of the Bush II administration. That administration charged not one but two wars off budget line. Not exactly a conservative move. Cannot remember Hatch taking a stand on principle or complaining. He had plenty of opportunities. He was always perfectly happy to fund deficit military spending to the max. Forgive me if I find it hard to believe his conservative reformation now.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Q: Is Orrin Hatch doing this for the good people of Utah?
or
Is Orrin Hatch doing this for Orrin Hatch?

That should answer everything.

BTW - I think he can make a smug remark like this because
he knows how gullible the simple mind of a Utah GOP conservative is --
vote for the "R", must always vote fore the "R".

christoph
Brigham City, UT

Mr. Hatch has become a millionaire while in office; he says Mr. Romney would make a great president because of his business skills, of which the senator himself has lacked his whole life. (Come to think of it Senator Lee also lacks business free market skills------Senator Lee and his father loved working in DC for the $$$ and job security it brings---Senator Lee has lived there over 10 years now----don't think he is new in the nation's capitol.) Terms limits please. I guess I may have to wait until the next life to see Senator Hatch working with his hands on a production line in a factory.

goatesnotes
Kamas, UT

That's a bold statement for a 78 year-old asking for a seventh six-year term. Never before in the history of the state of Utah has someone that old won a statewide election. There will be many delegates at the nominating convention who will vote to deny Hatch his longevity goal in the Senate.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Hatch may win. He will be hard to beat with his millions of dollars in campaign funds, and nearly universal name recognition, and slick politician skills.

Truthfully, he has not been a BAD Senator, but if he has the power, influence, wisdom and vision that he claims, then why has he accomplished so little in the past 36 years, and why can he get it done in a seventh term when he failed in the first six.

Orrin, thanks for your service, but your time is up. You should have retired gracefully, rather than be thrown off the ballot in the Convention, or a primary.

Our contry needs a new Senator from Utah who really get the fact that our spending is unsustainable, we are broke, and that desperate measures are needed immediately to rectify the situation, not more compromising with "good friends across the aisle" to make token adjustments.

Our children have been enslaved to pay off the current debt, and we must not let that continue!

Liljenquist is my choice, but I will not vote for Hatch again in the caucus, convention, primary or general election under any circumstances.

TOO
Sanpete, UT

LDS Liberal,
Well said. It is true that people often complain about what we have in office, but then think "ah...I'll do it anyway."
Some people have no loyalty to principles, they have loyalty to party. It's to the point where it's getting ridiculous.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Unless Hatch gets defeated at the state caucus, he'll win the election.

Too many voters will just vote for the name "most familiar" to them.

I agree, he SHOULD be replaced with someone else. BTW - while we're at it, why not replace some of the other RINO's in the state?

Herbert, and MANY of the state legislature like to limit OTHERS spending, then turn around and spend, spend, spend!

Please vote to REMOVE from office, those who just use the Republican party to SAY they will reduce government. Then INCREASE the size of government under the mantle of the Republican party.

They give consevatism a bad name!

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Amazing gull. The left don't like him, the right don't like him and he thinks he's gonna win?
He'll be taken out in the high school sized Republican Convention.

Hatch ran against Ted Moss on the premise that 18 years was too long. SO if 18 years is too long Orrin, don't you think that 36 years is totally and completely reprehensible??

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Over the past eighteen months people around the world have been stirred up to remove despots that have held an iron grip over their counties for thirty plus years. These men had the chance to step down, but instead used all means necessary to maintain power. The "I'm gonna win" mantra from Hatch is eerily reminiscent of these other formerly powerful men that were eventually laid low by the people. The main difference between those totalitarian dictators lusting for power and our situation with Hatch is that we in Utah can remove him through the political process as Bennett was last time.

Senator Hatch still has the opportunity to retire with grace and dignity instead of having to be shoved out the door. If his lust is too great, those of us who recognize him for his contributions to the disappointing state of the economy will make sure his political career is ended at just thirty-six years.

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