Mitt Romney has run for Senate once before, in MA in 1994. But citing several sources familiar with his thinking, The Atlantic reports Romney is apparently mulling another run at the upper chamber - this time to replace longtime Sen.
Current Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is 83 years old and has said recently that he may not seek reelection in 2018 and that Mitt Romney would be a flawless replacement.
Hatch reiterated Friday that he still intends to run for re-election in 2018, but said that if he decides not to run, he would want Romney to run for his seat.
Hatch says he hasn't decided whether to run again. A popular politician in the Beehive State, Romney would be considered a likely front-runner and also a potential thorn in the side of President Donald Trump.
There are other potential contenders for the seat, including former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; and Utah World Trade Center CEO Derek Miller.
Is former MA governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thinking of taking Orrin Hatch's place in the Senate? The 83-year-old Hatch has fueled some of it.
"With the 2018 Senate election on the horizon, I have been giving careful consideration as to whether I will seek reelection", Hatch said in a statement provided by his office.
The Atlantic first reported that Romney was considering a race for the Senate.
He even added, 'Mitt Romney would be flawless'. "Obviously, I'm an Orrin Hatch supporter".
A Romney spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.
"You have to think Jon Huntsman is looking at it".
"It's going to have a chilling effect" on any competition, Perry said.
While Romney, now 70, called Belmont, Massachusetts home for many years, he has longstanding ties to Utah and has lived primarily in his house near Salt Lake City since 2015.
Trump has been imploding on both the foreign and domestic policy fronts of late, so the reemergence of one of his preeminent establishment Republican rivals is not surprising.
"Sen. Hatch is acting right now like someone who is planning to run".