McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

In A Hilarious Twist Mitt Romney Wants To Run For Senate To Troll Donald Trump

"Romney, though, has made clear he would not pursue the seat without Hatch's blessing".

McConnell, whose reputation for tactical acumen only grew with the culmination of his plan to put a conservative on the Supreme Court through extraordinary measures, continues to back longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch if he wants the seat. "If he wants to run again, I'm for him", he told reporters Friday morning.

"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney".

Romney last made a bid for government office in December 2016, when he was under consideration by then President-elect Donald Trump for secretary of state. That seems to be a selling point for some Utah Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has spoken to 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney about the possibility of running for the Senate, McConnell said Friday.

Many of the Mormon Romney-backers I spoke to talked about his call to public service in spiritual terms-with some even making half-joking references to "White Horse Prophecy", a bit of apocryphal LDS folk doctrine that predicts the U.S. Constitution will one day "hang by a thread" and Mormons will have to save it.

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Utah's senior Republican senator, first elected in 1976, hasn't been definitive about his intentions yet.

He said that after Hatch's comments to the National Journal, "people started talking. And I think that's what this is all about", Evans said.

Several high-profile Utah Republicans have been touted as potential challengers for Hatch in 2018, including form Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, Sutherland Institute president Boyd Matheson, World Trade Center Utah CEO Derek Miller and Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah.

"It's going to have a chilling effect" on any competition, Perry said.

"Romney could potentially be an incredible asset because right now, it's all Trump, all the time", he said, by providing a contrast with the Republican president's bombastic style.

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