Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Monday said that he plans to run for another term and has President Donald Trump’s support in doing so, though Hatch previously said that he would consider retiring if Mitt Romney ran for his seat.
“He is all over me to run again,” Hatch said, referring to Trump in an interview with local CBS affiliate KUTV. “My leadership in the Republican Senate are all over me to run again. The House leadership, some of those want me to run again.”
Earlier in April, Hatch said that he would consider retiring if Romney ran for his Senate seat. On Monday, however, Hatch said that he “fully” intends to run for reelection.
“I fully intend to run again, but I’m going to take time and think it over and make up my mind on that, but right now, yes, I’m going to run again,” he said.
Hatch said that he had a “chat with” Romney on the subject “just to kind of feel out the situation, to see if it was possible to have somebody of his dimension if I decide I can’t run, to get him to do it.”