Orrin Hatch retiring? Utah senator maintains he still hasn't made up his mind

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  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 28, 2017 2:23 p.m.

    A great example of why we need term limits

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 28, 2017 1:58 p.m.

    The problem with Orrin is that it's hard to tell which state he represents. You can't really say he's a Utahn. He hasn't lived here much.

    He does a decent job representing the State of Mormon, and that counts a lot to some people. Not me.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Oct. 28, 2017 12:23 p.m.

    If orrin is part of the swamp then he is only the creation of the republicans voters who keep returning him to office.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Oct. 28, 2017 9:51 a.m.

    Orin Hatch was great Senator, but suffers from DC swamp fever.

    Last month during the tele-town meeting, a caller said something like "You said you would not run again for another term. Why aren't you keeping you're word."

    Orin Hatch replied, "I did not say absolutely."

    What has happened to honesty?

    Do what you say or don't say it.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2017 8:09 a.m.

    Will he or won't he? Coyness is so charming in a senior citizen.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 5:29 p.m.

    @Wayne Root
    "He prefers to vote with Democrats"

    Hatch's 'Trump score' (a fivethirtyeight metric to track how often a senator votes with Trump on an issue) is 96.2% which is tied with 11 other Republicans for the highest percentage.

    Mike Lee's score is 90.4%. (tied for 11th least Trumpian of the Republicans).

    The highest Dem percentage is Manchin at 53.8%.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 4:38 p.m.

    He's never going to retire because we can't get that lucky. I wish Romney would run anyway.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 4:08 p.m.

    There's room for another Never-Trump martyr, Orrin.

    Go ahead and retire.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 3:07 p.m.

    If Hatch does to decide to run again nobody will be forced to vote for him. Maybe Bill and Hillary could come to Utah and campaign for his opponent.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Oct. 27, 2017 3:02 p.m.

    Hatch has hung on long past retirement to keep a real Republican out of that seat. He prefers to vote with Democrats and sing songs about Ted Kennedy. While each election he pretends to have made a change in thinking and voting, the result is always the same. Now, Romney, a retired politician, will probably jump in when the seat is available. As another Hatch like RINO he will make little difference. Retirement will allow Hatch to work full time on more music about Ted Kennedy and perhaps provide time so he can begin writing songs about Bill Clinton and even Hillary. Perhaps his dream of singing at the Democrat Convention will then become a reality.

    Hopefully a much younger Conservative can win the seat and make a real impact. I think it is long past the time that a real Republican serve in this seat.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 2:50 p.m.

    @ Fitness Freak

    "Isn't it time for some NEW ideas?"

    If Steve Bannon propped up some "drain the swamp" candidate, that would probably be the only "new idea" you would vote for and you would do so enthusiastically.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 1:57 p.m.

    I don't see much difference between Hatch or Romney. They're what, 10 yrs apart?

    If Bannon (or anybody)can find an actual conservative to run for the Utah Senate slot I would support that person wholeheartedly.

    Both Romney and Hatch are part of the "old guard" that really hasn't done much for the country, besides being bff's with democrats, and getting us into 20 trillion in debt.

    Isn't it time for some NEW ideas??

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 1:33 p.m.

    He's running. Don't kid yourself.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 1:18 p.m.

    Romney running for Hatch's Senate seat against Steve Bannon's candidate would rip Utah in half. I hope Romney does run but it would be the ugliest six months in our state's history. We do not deserve to be the laboratory rats in Steve Bannon's mad scientist experiment.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2017 12:40 p.m.

    I wonder if he is still trying to get TPP passed?

    My guess is that everyone in Congress is under the delusion that they are making a difference; For whom?