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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22 2013 5:40 p.m. MDT

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Burley, ID

If I remember correctly, before he was elected to his first term, didn't Orrin Hatch promised to serve no more than two terms in the Senate and then leave?

Orrin, you have been in the Senate for 36 years. You're 24 years overdue at keeping your promise.

My only regret is that I am no longer living in Utah so I won't be able to help my fellow Tea Partiers vote you out.

California Steve
Hanford, CA

As I stated in an earlier post, Congress (including Hatch) voted to borrow a trillion $ to pay off the 17 trillion $ debt. Who needs rehabilitating?

Glendale, AZ

Hatch needs to retire.

Viva la Migra
American Fork, UT

Hatch seems to think he knows a better way to deal with Obamacare and win elections. Perhaps he could enlighten everybody with his wisdom.

On the other hand, Sen. Lee, Cruz and others kept a campaign promise and stood against Obamacare, sharing letters and tweets from Americans negatively impacted by this law and asking for Obamacare to be defunded, then asking for an individual mandate delay, and finally asking Congress to undo their special subsidy so they can feel the full brunt of the increased premiums. Harry Reid and Obama refused and allowed the shutdown.

Now there are reports that because of the poorly architected website, the White House is considering a delay to the individual mandate after all. People might wonder why the Dems insisted on shutting down the government instead of delaying the mandate sooner.

There are also questions being raised about Obama's statements regarding his "technical surge volunteers". It's apparently illegal for anyone to volunteer to work on a Federal government project, and they need to be vetted. The White House doesn't seem to have any details about these statements.

Mark from Montana
Aurora, CO

It time for Lee to admit he was wrong and accept the consequences, meaning that he should not run again. The voters need to kick him to the curb.

Dallas, TX

Hey Orrin, How about you worry about your own voting record, because it speaks for itself--Patriot Act, NDAA, more war, more bailouts, more budgets, etc . . .

Thanks Senator Lee for your hard work!

Darth Vader
Ogden, UT

36 years of extreme spending and the folks that are saying slow it down and live within your means need to be rehabilitated. Sounds about right. Just continue to spend and spend our children’s future away.

Maybe you can help balance the budget in the next six years?

There are absolutely no consequences for the folks that run up this debt.

Did I mention the democratic or republican parties... nope! Just can’t tell them apart these days.

durwood kirby
South Jordan, UT

I seriously worry about the Tea Party philosophy. If there ever is/was to be a "Constitutional Crisis", I believe the Tea Party is responsible for that crisis, though they fancy themselves as the saviors of that wonderful document.

How they cannot see this is beyond my capacity to understand.

Cedar Hills, UT

Mike Lee will be re-elected no problem. Hatch should have been ousted with his good ole boy buddy Bob Bennett last mid term in 2010. Hatch is completely out of touch with the people of Utah and his polling numbers show it. People have seen Orin Hatch do nothing except get a long with his fellow friends in the Senate like Harry Reid. Mike Lee is a clean fresh break from establishment cronies like Hatch and McCain who stand for nothing.Orin just doesn't get it - we don't want somebody to just get along with the Democrats in the senate and the White House like Orin did with Ted Kennedy for years. The Democrats -for the most part- are socialist radicals and compromise is NOT what we want. We want a strong conservative who will not throw away his conservative values just to get a long. Mike Lee has been a great senator for Utah.

Provo, UT

More and more each day, I miss the honor, respect and dignity of our founding fathers,
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and those who came later Abraham Lincoln.

QUOTATION: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

May they rest in peace.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

From one of Senator Hatch's former employees "he hates the tea party!"
Well, they ousted his good friend, Bennett and he can't forgive them. Bennett was a good friend of harry reid, and that was good enough for me to vote him out.
Senator Hatch was a great friend of Teddy Kennedy and spoke at his funeral. So reaching across the aisle is great, if you are met half way. Unfortunately, it is always the republicans who have to reach.
I am so ashamed, I voted for him last time. The old guard can't stand the fact the young ones are no longer willing to go along to get along. They made a solemn promise to their constituents and they intend to keep it.
Thank you Senator Lee!

DN Subscriber 2

Senator Hatch has created much of the mess that now requires "extreme" measures to correct in order to save our country. Doing more of the same thing will not produce different results.

Hatch talks conservative in Utah to win reelection, but has proven that he is a timid backbencher in the Senate. He has run out of ideas, or has not expressed them, or has not fought for them. In any case, his ideas and tactics have not prevented the mess we are in.

Senator Hatch, YOU need to be rehabilitated. And, grow a spine and start using your experience and self-proclaimed clout to stop Obama's policies any way possible. And, stand up and make the case for stopping liberalism, and adopting good Republican alternatives.

If Senator Hatch is unwilling or unable to do that, then he should resign. He should have retired gracefully prior to the 2012 election.


Perhaps this is what has Hatch riled up?

"Tuesday saw the release of yet another poll showing Republicans in a woeful state, a recurring theme in the wake of the recent budget and debt limit debacle.

The survey from CNN and ORC International showed 64 percent of Americans saying they have an unfavorable opinion of the GOP, a high-water mark since the pollster first asked the question in 1992. A mere three in 10 said they view the party favorably."
(Oct 22, 2013)

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party tantrum was a failure as demonstrated by the conservative backlash.

Leave it to Lisa
New Harmony, UT

He looked me in the eye at the Washington County Republican Convention and said he would hold down spending and make 'them' more responsible. He didn't. If only Chris Stewart had ran against him in the primary. Senator in case you have forgotten...you represent us. You don't need to tell us what is good for us. We know. Now vote how your constituents advise you to! And quit pandering and groveling...it's embarrassing.

Logan, UT

RE: Truthseeker,
Senator Lee, Cruz and the Tea Partiers almost succeeded in making sure our currency was worthless by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.

It is way past time for moderate Republicans to stop pandering to the extremists in their party!

If I remember right Europe had hyperinflation and there currency was worthless because they couldn't borrow anymore. No one would borrow money to them so that means to buy something for $1 in the morning by mid afternoon cost $1,000,000,000. So raising the debt ceiling is not the answer. So the only other answer is what? Going the other way which I believe will eventually happen. When is the question.

west jordan, UT

Hmmm... a poll that begins with the presidents premise- really??? how about a poll that begins with do you agree with the democrats and the presidents unwillingness to negotiate with the republicans? or Do you believe that the ACA should be implemented with out changes or special favors?? Hatch has given in to the democrats and is too comfortable! Why do we need another politician worried about relection???
Hatch's silence over the last month says everything in my opinion! ie: gettting along is more important than standiong for what is right

Salt Lake City, UT

Respectfully, Senator, I wish I hadn't voted for you. Washington is a mess, because of representatives of BOTH parties. You can claim it was "the other guys," but I DO NOT CARE WHOSE "FAULT" it is, I only care about solutions, and you nor anyone else has moved us closer to solutions.

If you cannot influence the solutions, what good are you?

Logan, UT

A Deseret News/KSL poll by Dan Jones & Associates earlier this month showed 56 percent of Utahns believed it wasn't worth shutting down the government as part of the effort to repeal the new health care law. Lee's approval rating was at 43 percent.

Thank heavens this is only a static which actually matters very little. Reason is if there were only 400 respondents to the 56% that want Senator Lee gone then that is a very small group. I think Senator lee has a much better approval rating that what was given.

At some point all of us will choose sides as to what we support. There will be many issues that are a major cause for concerns right now. I don't need to list them because we all should know since sooner or later these issues will affect us all in some form. That is when the divide will happen here in the U.S.

Bountiful, UT

Hatch used to talk about a Balanced Budget Amendment. Hatch used to oppose judicial activism and supported a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Hatch used to be a conservative.

Now Hatch is a moderate who opposes conservatives. Notice that Hatch has advice for Lee on how to get reelected. That is not the goal of a statesman who loves his country above his ambitions. Hatch misled his constituents to get reelected in 2012. He pandered to the Tea Party. Now he condemns the Tea Party.

I say Three Cheers to Senator Lee who puts principle above popularity, and integrity above reelection. Senator Lee is one of the few who swear to protect and defend the Constitution and really mean it.

I didn't vote for Uncle Orrin in 2012. He doesn't represent me. He has become all the things I admire least in a politician.

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