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.
In an interview last week with the National Journal, Hatch said that he would consider retiring if Romney ran for his seat. The 83-year-old Hatch has fueled some of it.
"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney", McConnell said on Friday. Orrin Hatch (R) in Utah. Orrin has to decide what he wants to do.
Experts say there is no way Romney will run for the seat without Hatch's blessing.
The Atlantic first reported that Romney was considering a race for the Senate. Orrin Hatch to retire.
"If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring]", he said, adding, "Mitt Romney would be flawless".
Hatch floated Romney as a possible successor in an interview with National Journal last week, saying the former MA governor "would be flawless".More news: Comcast Goes Mobile With Cellphone Service For Existing Customers
He even added, 'Mitt Romney would be flawless'.
However, Hatch has since tried to play down reports that he will retire in 2018, telling The Atlantic that he was still "giving careful consideration as to whether I will seek reelection", and is "yet to make a final decision".
"The reality is Utah loves Mitt Romney and there's a reason he rises to the list when people start thinking of replacements for Senator Hatch", Perry said.
It makes sense. Yes, Romney was born in MI and the only public office he's held was governor of MA, a job he left just over a decade ago.
"I wouldn't want that to happen again", Hatch said.
And then there's the fact that if Romney ran, it would be a cake walk. Back in February, he told the Deseret News that "all doors are open", but he didn't have any predictions on what he might do.