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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch Retires from U.S. Senate Dealing Blow to Trump

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch - Retires from U.S. Senate
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch - Retires from U.S. Senate

Weeks after giving U.S. corporations the largest tax handout of the last century, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday he will retire from the U.S. Senate at the end of his current term. His retirement is a blow to President Donald Trump who has spent weeks urging him to run for re-election.




The 83-year old Senator is the current chairman of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, the same committee that approved the Republican big business tax giveaway of 2017.

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Hatch’s retirement paves the way for former Massachusetts’ governor and the 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitch Romney to run for the seat. Romney is an avowed opponent of President Trump.

“Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching,” Hatch said in a video statement posted to Twitter. “That’s why after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term.”




Calling himself a fighter, Sen. Hatch said he brought the fighting spirit to Washington but the time has come for him to “hang up the gloves.”

“When the president visited Utah last month, he said I was a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington,” he said. “But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching.”

Hatch has been under intense pressure from President Donald Trump to seek re-election and not provide an avenue to Mr. Romney whom he has had a not too friendly relationship with over the past year.

“Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching,” Hatch said in a video statement posted to Twitter. “That’s why after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term.”

Hatch has been facing falling poll numbers in Utah where seventy five percent of voters in his district have indicated they would be opposed to him running for re-election.






Experts believe that should Mr. Romney decide to run for the seat, he would be hard to beat. “It would be difficult to defeat Mitt Romney if he were running here,” said David Hansen, a longtime Utah Republican strategist and chairman of Mr. Hatch’s political organization.

Romney released a statement through Facebook thanking Orrin Hatch for his years of service.

“I join the people of Utah in thanking my friend, Senator Orrin Hatch for his more than forty years of service to our great state and nation,” Romney said.




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“As Chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor. Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors,” he added.

 

 

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