McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

The GOP's 2012 nominee Mitt Romney is thinking about running for Senate in 2018 if incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah decides to retire

Sources told The Atlantic that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has encouraged Romney to run for the seat in 2018 - if Hatch retires.

While still considering another term, Sen.

Mitt Romney is planning to run for Senate in Utah, according to a Thursday report from The Atlantic. The 83-year-old Hatch has fueled some of it.

In a previous interview, Hatch - who has been in the Senate for almost four decades - seemed OK with the idea of handing things off to Romney.

Romney never wanted to leave national politics after the 2012 election, and it would be downright amusing to see him replace Orrin Hatch in the Senate. He chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee and, as president pro tem of the Senate, is third in line to succeed the president. "If he wants to run again, I'm for him".

Hatch seemingly gave his blessing when talking to National Journal last week.

"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney", McConnell said on Friday. Obviously I'm an Orrin Hatch supporter, ' McConnell told reporters in the Capitol Friday. Orrin Hatch has to decide what he wants to do.

"I've made the decision that I'm going to run, but things change", Hatch said. Ted Kennedy, the liberal Democrat from MA.

In a recent television interview, family matriarch Ann Romney said her son Josh, a Salt Lake City real estate developer, is considering seeking the position.

Hatch's communications director Matt Whitlock suggested the Utah senator's public indecision is insincere. Robert Bennett, was ousted by tea party favorite Sen.

I have my doubts whether Utah Republicans can convince Hatch to retire, but if they do, Romney in the Senate would be another pain in the neck for Donald Trump. "If (Romney) ran, I would hope that everybody would get behind him". Dems ask Treasury chief for cyber briefing GOP senator: Next Supreme Court fight will be "armageddon" MORE (R-Utah).

It has all left Utah Republicans unclear whether Hatch is serious about seeking re-election. Chaffetz ultimately chose to run for re-election for his House seat.

Another factor is Romney's Mormon faith.

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