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.
Orrin Hatch. The Republican celebrated his 83rd birthday last month and has spent the past 40 years in the Senate.
"If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider [retiring]", Hatch told the National Journal last week, adding, "Mitt Romney would be ideal".
Hatch says he hasn't decided whether to run again. Romney was openly critical of President Trump as the 2016 election progressed, but scaled back his vocal opposition after Trump won the presidency and considered Romney for US secretary of state.
Romney has had statewide success in Utah.
Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a Senate run in Utah. Orrin G. Hatch does not seek an eighth term.
Orrin Hatch - the Republican elected who now holds the seat for which Romney would be running.
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He even added, 'Mitt Romney would be ideal'.
In a statement to the Atlantic, the Utah senator said he was "giving careful consideration as to whether I will seek re-election" and has 'yet to make a final decision'.
70-year-old Romney had no publicly commented on the speculation, but an anonymous close friend believes that the former governor would be eager to enter the political arena again.
"You have to think Jon Huntsman is looking at it".
"It would be an opportunity for Mitt to represent the Utah style of Republicanism. and present a strong challenge to the president", the senior Republican said. A Senate seat would give Romney - though just one of 100 members - a platform to counter Trump, as well, much as he did during the 2016 campaign.
"Sen. Hatch is acting right now like someone who is planning to run".