Senator Orrin Hatch Comes to a Decision

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Romney and Hatch
By Ravell Call, Deseret News

On December 29, 2017, The Washington Post ran an article called Run, Mitt, run, pleading with Mitt Romney to run for Senate. The first sentence reads like this: “Mitt Romney: Your country needs you.” Everyone knew Romney would not enter the race unless Orrin Hatch of Utah announced that he would retire, but it seemed like people were getting desperate and just might want him to run even if Orrin Hatch were to go for another term.

This is Orrin Hatch’s 84th year on earth and 42nd in the Senate. What seems to be upsetting people is a slavish devotion to Trump that Romney doesn’t share. Romney would be a talented senior senator, but a foil to Trump.

Hatch is the most senior Republican in the Senate. He is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senate president pro tempore, third in the line of presidential succession.

On January 2, 2018, Senator Hatch announced that he would indeed retire at the end of 2018. Hatch called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act one of his proudest achievements.

“I’ve always been a fighter,” Hatch said in a video announcement posted on YouTube and tweeted shortly before noon. “But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me that time is soon approaching.”

He then said “after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term.” Hatch had spent the holidays with his family in Utah, debating what to do.

Responses to Senator Hatch’s Announcement

Mitt Romney posted the following to Facebook:

Mitt Romney Facebook post

Twitter lit up with the following reponses:

What the Heritage Foundation says about Hatch’s formidable legacy.

Gale Boyd is the managing editor for ThirdHour.org. She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.