The two-time presidential candidate didn’t end up getting the job but that doesn’t mean his political ambitions are over.
It looks like Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who is planning to run for re-election at age 83, would be willing to retire instead if Mitt Romney could take his seat.
From Washington Examiner:
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would be open to step aside and not run for re-election in 2018 if a candidate like Mitt Romney were to run for his position in his stead.
In an interview with National Journal, the Republican senator who has been in office since 1976 said he “might very well consider” not campaigning for another term if an “outstanding person” were to run for his position.
Asked if he had any people in mind, Hatch replied: “Well, Mitt Romney would be perfect.” He added that he has reached out to Romney about the idea.
Romney has previously declined to rule out running for the Senate.