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Published: Wednesday, June 18 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT

As I have said before the only reason Hatch should run again is to keep an extreme far right fringe-dweller like Mie Lee out. While I don't lie a lot of what Hatch has done, compared to Lee he is definitely the lesser of two evils. Please Utah voters -- vote for a moderate mainstream (i.e., true conservative) instead of one of the extremists.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

He's been doing this for decades.

That's all Hatch ever does.

We get the type of representation that we deserve.

provo, UT

I can't help but disagree that it's time for Senator Hatch to give someone else a turn - the time for him to do that was 26 years ago. In the words of Mr. Hatch himself, when he first ran for the Senate in 1976, "What do you call a senator who's been in office for more than two terms? You call him home."

Sandy, UT

It's been "someone else's turn" for 4 or 5 terms already.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Don't blame me...

I've NEVER voted for the man.

Those who vote for him, and then complain about him being office are the worst type of hypocrites.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hatch suffers from a particularly virulent form of politician's fever. This form is incurable and terminal. Its primary debilitating effects are cognitive decline and deficit, delusions of self-importance and competence, inability to self-diagnose, and resistance to any treatment. Pity the man who is so afflicted.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I don't want to hear any utah repub complain about Hatch. I didn't vote for this guy, you did... For decades. Don't come complaining to me with buyers remorse. You knew what you were getting. You built this! Own it now. He's yours for the next 5 years. Want Hatch gone? Vote Democrat next time. We have plenty of great candidates who would be considered republican in any other state. But because we are the state of low information voters, many lazily pull the R lever without thinking.

Democracy isn't a passive weekend sport. It involves study, dedication, and standing up for something.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

OK, I voted for him and have regretted it ever since. Do you say the same thing about 0bama voters who are changing their mind?
I will actively work against him in every way if he breaks his promise and runs again.
However, Furry, 1993 - there is one great man who is recognized country wide and that is Sen Mike Lee. Thank goodness we have a man of his caliber in office from Utah.
So you can vote for your dem, I will campaign for Sen Lee.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Is he campaigning for re-election? I hadn't heard that!


IMO Hatch should not only not campaign... He should also not be raising funds for a re-election campaign!

Anybody donating to his campaign (which is throwing your money away, because the campaign will not happen) need to have their heads examined.

He promised not to run again IF we would elect him one last time (and we did). So now he needs to stick to his word and not run again.

If you don't plan to run again... you don't need to raise funds. If he's fundraising... it's just to feather his nest.

Even if he goes against his word and runs again... he will not succeed at Convention after breaking a clear promise he made to the party and the people of Utah.

Hatch knows he is done. I don't know why he would be fundraising.

clearfield, UT


At least some who voted for Hatch now admittedly are not happy with what Hatch has done, or not done as a Senator. Hatch has been known for not keeping campaign promises, as so many politicans do. However, if the choice is between a Democrat and a Republican, then Hatch supporters will just do as Democrats will do. Vote party over substance. The real important elections are in the primaries where people like Bennett and Cantor can be replaced. I only wish more Democrats would admit that Obama is not even close to what they had wished for. No way a Democrat can be happy with his Presidency with all the high expectations, only to see it dwindle to one of medocrity and or worse incompetence.

Centerville, UT

hatch is not campaigning for the senate, he is campaigning to become a lobbyist.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

In most private organizations the leadership and decision making people serve indefinitely in their positions until doing something bad, dying or being promoted. It would not be logical or beneficial to the organization to fire the main people every 2, 4, or 6 years and replace them with untrained, inexperienced and those who's motivation was outside of the organization.

I long for a system of government that would have specific training in the art/science of government. It would be a major course of study at the University. It might be fashioned by the people democratically.

I long for a system of selection of those who would govern us, that gave credit to candidates based on education, experience and dedication. And a compensation system that would favorable compete with any private compensation even into retirement.

Virginia Beach, VA

"Hatch shouldn't campaign."

"It is time for him to give someone else a turn."

Hmmm, interesting idea, and I think you're right.

In fact, NO Republican should campaign for the US Congress. It's time to give the Dems a turn.

Republicans, especially Tea Partiers, are doing NOTHING for this nation.

Don't you think it's silly to elect an Anti-Goverment advocate into a government position?

They spend all their time proving their anti-governement ideology, and in doing their best to provide the very WORST government possible.

Phoenix, AZ

"President Franklin Roosevelt said, 'A great man left a watchword that we can well repeat: there is no indispensable man.'"

Someone else once said: 'What do you call a Senator who has served too long? You call him home.'

Who said that? Uh, Senator Orrin Hatch.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT


As long as Hatch continues to breathe Utah Republicans should send him back to DC.

Utah Republicans can eventually set a record sending the same person back to DC every 6 years.

Utah will finally become #1.

Continue to vote for Hatch.

It doesn't matter what he did/does/will do...

As long as he has an R by his name...

It's all good.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

clearfield, UT

Pres. Obama has let down many who supported him.

I wanted a single-payer Healthcare option,
tougher EPA standards,
cuts to Big OIL subsidezes,
a HUGE increase on taxes from those making over $1 million a year,
higher R&D into Green, Renewable Energy.

BTW -- I never voted for him.
I NEVER vote the party.
I vote who I want regardless of Party.

But, I still Demopcrats are better than anything the GOP has to offer.

Truth be told, I'm un-affiliated.
But, I voted Republican last election.
I voted for Jon M. Huntsman Jr.
The man I felt was best for the job.

See - That's called integrity.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Open minded
I would hope you didn’t try to vote for him, Everett is in Washington, not Utah. Are you admitting to voting in the Utah elections while living in WA?

Faced with hatch or a dem, we took hatch – no choice in the matter. Wanting hatch gone, I’ll support his opponent in the caucuses and primary (if it gets that far). He shows up in the general election, I’ll either not vote in that race or vote for a third party candidate. I’d write-in nixon’s corpse before voting for hatch or a dem.

Dems had their turn from 2009 and 2011, and they failed miserably. Thanks for the chuckle, though.

clearfield, UT

Gary O

You say it is time to give the Democrats a chance in the House? Who are you Rip Van Winkle? Did you just wake up or something. The Dems had the house since the time of Pelosi and Reid taking control in Jan 2007. And look what happened with 2 years of lame duck Bush, and then 2 years of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid running the show. Trillions of dollars of added debt. More people dependent on government and not being encouraged to work but use food stamps. A continuing stagnent economy. A health care plan forced on people with false promises, and to this day not popular. And on it went. Is it any wonder that the House went Republican in 2010? The American people may elect Democrats to run things. But they will not trust them to run everything. Otherwise the Republicans would still be out of power in the House and not looking to win the Senate this November.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT
Open minded
I would hope you didn’t try to vote for him, Everett is in Washington, not Utah. Are you admitting to voting in the Utah elections while living in WA?


I grew up in Utah.

Orrin Hatch was first elected when I was here.
It was 1977.
The Vietnam war had recently ended.
The first MRI scanner is tested in Boston.
Jimmy Carter was President.
The World Trade Center Twin towers were completed.
The Apple II computer was first sold.

Moved to Seattle for over 22 years, raised my family,
and moved back to Utah 8 years ago to be closer to care for our elderly parents,
children going to college and working here, and be close to our grandchildren.

But, Guess what? -- Orrin Hatch is STILL the Senator from Utah!

An entire lifetime and then some.

BTW --
I've had this DN account for almost 10 years.
Tell me how to update it, and I will.

Fulton, MO

Mr Hatch should do as his conscience dictates. The people from Utah should decide if it is another persons turn to represent them in the senate. The constitution sets the limit of the term not the number of terms. The people set these limits by showing up at the polls informed on the issues and the character of the candidates. Because the electorate fails in it's duty does not give us the right to cast guilt to those that serve.

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