McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

Scott Sommerdorf

"Mitt Romney would be ideal".

First, though, 83-year-old Utah Republican Sen.

There's a lot of talk in Utah and Washington right now about Mitt Romney vying to succeed Senator Orrin Hatch in 2018, assuming that Hatch, who turns 84 next year, decides to retire.

Romney stressed that he wouldn't run unless he had explicit approval from Hatch, and the senior senator appeared to grant it, but after his comments made the news last week, Hatch staffers asserted that no final decision had been made.

"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney", McConnell told reporters. Romney was openly critical of President Trump as the 2016 election progressed, but scaled back his vocal opposition after Trump won the presidency and considered Romney for USA secretary of state.

Romney served as the 70th governor of MA from 2003 to 2007 before running for president in both 2008 and 2012.

In addition to discussing it with Hatch and other party leaders in Utah, sources said Romney has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Orrin Hatch - the Republican elected who now holds the seat for which Romney would be running.

He said Romney "would be ideal". Obviously I am an Orrin Hatch supporter.

Hatch told The Atlantic, meanwhile, he is "giving careful consideration as to whether I will seek reelection".

And Hatch moved to snuff out the fire.

"I don't think that's going to be a problem", he said.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. had indicated interest, but has reportedly been tapped by Trump to be the USA ambassador to Russian Federation.

During the presidential campaign, Romney called Trump a "fraud" and a "phony". "He's someone who already made one run for the presidency who could potential make a run for the Senate", Chambless said. "You keep every option open, even if he is thinking in the back of his mind he might be done at the end of this term".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jared Kushner omits some foreign contacts on security form
Apr 08, 2017 - 07:31
Despite the White House denials, many close to the administration say the reports of division and cutthroat maneuvering are true. A rift has reportedly emerged between Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:37
Bush during the 1988 Republican National Convention when he told Americans, " Read My lips: No new taxes ". House Speaker Paul Ryan is maintaining support for embattled House intelligence committee Chairman Rep.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Taylor Swift Isn't Hiding: She's Making New Album & Could Be Country Music
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:29
The source finished off by adding fans can look out for the album at the end of this year, which really isn't even that far off. In September, Swift turned out to the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show at New York Fashion Week to support her pal Gigi Hadid.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nearly half of US adults infected with genital HPV
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:27
Though recent numbers have shown high HPV rates, vaccinating adolescents has been the proven way to bring these totals down. While great progress has been made in creating HPV vaccines, current approaches to prevent infection have limitations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Could Spotify 'IPO' (without an IPO) as early as September?
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:26
Spotify , in turn, can get a break on royalties if it hits certain targets, including some tied to new paying subscribers. In exchange, Spotify is getting a reduction in royalty rates.

Liverpool held by Bournemouth as King crowns comeback
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:26
Now sitting 13th, it has not been the worst season for Bournemouth by any stretch. They are continuing to grow as a team and as a club in England's top flight.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google strengthens ties to Southeast Asia with new undersea cable
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:25
Indigo has two fiber pairs, one-third as many as the trans-Pacific FASTER cable turned on previous year , where Google was also an investor.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Human remains found in Missouri identified as missing 21-year-old woman
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:25
The remains of the second person discovered about 20 miles away from Kansas City have not yet been identified, police said. A mushroom hunter found human remains in the area south of Belton, and north of Cleveland, near Highway Y on Monday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Indiana's AG urged to appeal abortion ruling
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:25
He works as an Online Marketing Consultant for, providing web marketing services for clients in Albany , Goldsboro . Pratt said that IN also failed to justify mandating that women make two separate trips to abortion clinics.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amazon to buy stake at hydrogen and fuel cell firm
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:24
This could be an indication that investors expect the deal to benefit the fuel cell sector as a whole. Proshare Ltd Liability holds 0% of its portfolio in Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG ) for 29,014 shares.

Conte has released Chelsea star Hazard!
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:23
In the we got the victory our performance deserved. 'He knows that he is important to Chelsea , like I do. Conte was asked how it felt being the first manager to complete a league double over Guardiola.

Israeli killed in Palestinian car ramming in West Bank - army
Apr 07, 2017 - 02:21
The alleged attacker was arrested, an Israeli army statement said , without giving details about him. The site is holy to both Muslims and Jews and is located in occupied East Jerusalem .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Senate begins debate on Gorsuch, headed for showdown
Apr 06, 2017 - 02:47
Opposition Democrats insist they have the necessary votes to employ a blocking tactic known as a filibuster. Such a change would impact future Supreme Court nominees and reduce the influence of the minority party.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top American mayors affirm climate goals even after Trump executive order
Apr 06, 2017 - 02:43
The Sierra Club says that in recent years some 250 coal plants have been retired or are preparing for retirement. Morrisey said he thinks the president's action can help his state's hard-hit mining industry rebound.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Patrick Ewing Hugs It Out With John Thompson
Apr 06, 2017 - 02:40
On Wednesday afternoon, Ewing stood composed and assertive during his introduction as the new Georgetown men's basketball coach. ARKANSAS HIRES WOMEN'S COACH: Washington's Mike Neighbors has been hired as the new women's basketball coach at Arkansas.