In this photo taken November 19, 2016, Mitt Romney talks to media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate, if a vacancy opens in Utah.
Reports have linked Republican Mitt Romney to the state's senate seat, and his son to the governor's chair. "If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring]", Hatch told National Journal.
Experts say there is no way Romney will run for the seat without Hatch's blessing. I said, 'If I don't run I'd sure like him to consider running.' He's not going to run if I do.
It has all left Utah Republicans unclear whether Hatch is serious about seeking re-election.
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Currently, though, Romney is on a charity trip in Indonesia. "I can see why he might not want to do it, but I can also see why if he did it, it would be a great thing for America".
He said that after Hatch's comments to the National Journal, "people started talking".
Asked on Friday if he had spoken to Romney about a potential Senate run, Hatch said, "Oh yeah".
Despite Senator Hatch still deciding if he'll run for an eighth term rumors about Romney are flying. "I just think he hasn't, in his mind, gotten to that place yet".