McCon­nell sup­ports po­ten­tial Rom­ney U.S. Se­nate bid in Utah

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell con­firmed Fri­day he has had con­ver­sa­tions with Mitt Rom­ney about run­ning for the U.S. Se­nate in Utah and sig­naled that he could back the for­mer Mas­sachusetts gover­nor if Sen. Or­rin G. Hatch de­cides not to seek re-elec­tion.

“Yeah, I have had some con­ver­sa­tions with Mitt Rom­ney,” Mr. McCon­nell said in re­sponse to a ques­tion. “Ob­vi­ously, I am an Or­rin Hatch sup­porter, and Or­rin has to de­cide what he wants to do. If he wants to run again, I am for him.”

Asked who would be a good suc­ces­sor, Mr. Hatch re­cently told the Na­tional Jour­nal that “Mitt Rom­ney would be per­fect,” and said he has shared that with Mr. Rom­ney, the party’s 2012 GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

“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,” Mr. Hatch said

Mr. Hatch is the se­nior Repub­li­can in the Se­nate and sec­ond-long­est-serv­ing se­na­tor be­hind Demo­crat Pa­trick J. Leahy of Ver­mont.

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Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell said he would sup­port for­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney’s po­ten­tial bid to run for the Se­nate if Sen. Or­rin G. Hatch does not seek an­other term next year.

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