Hatch’s retirement announcement opens door for Romney to run

Hatch’s retirement announcement opens door for Romney to run

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LET ME KNOW ON TWITTER @BretBaier. USE THE HASHTAG #SpecialReport OR ON FACEBOOK AT Facebook.com/BretBaierSR. SENATOR ORRIN HATCH, LONGEST-SERVING REPUBLICAN IN THE SENATE AND FORMER BOXER IS THROWING IN THE TOWEL.>>EVERY GOOD FIGHTER NOSE WENT TO HANG UP THE GLOVES. FOR ME, THAT TIME IS SOON APPROACHING. THAT’S WHY, AFTER MUCH PRAYER AND DISCUSSION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, DECIDED TO RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS TERM.>>Bret: THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM 83-YEAR-OLD HATCH, SEVEN TERM SENATOR FROM UTAH, COULD SET UP A RUN BY VERY FAMILIAR FACE, ONE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SEEMINGLY WANTED TO GIVE OUT OF WASHINGTON. CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT MIKE EMANUEL JOINTS OF THE DETAILS, BIG NEWS AT OF CONGRESS IS RETURNED TO D.C.>>YOU’RE RIGHT. ORRIN HATCH IS ANNOUNCEMENT OPENS THE DOOR FOR MITT ROMNEY TO RUN FOR THAT SEAT. ROMNEY TWEETED “I JOIN PEOPLE OF UTAH IN THINKING MY FRIEND SENATOR ORRIN HATCH FOR IS MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR GREAT STATE AND NATION.” FOR HIS PART, HATCH HAS NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR ROMNEY. WHEN ASKED ON “SPECIAL REPORT” ABOUT ROMNEY’S CLINICAL FUTURE, HATCH SAID HE “WOULD LOVE TO SEE ROMNEY HAS BEEN A FREQUENT AND LOUD CRITIC OF THE PRESIDENT. SARAH SANDERS SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP IS VERY SAD TO SEE HATCH GO. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT WAS JUST IN UTAH A MONTH AGO ENCOURAGING HIM TO RUN AGAIN, PERHAPS HOPING TO BLOCK ROMNEY. HATCH IS ANNOUNCEMENT ADDS TO A BUSY YEAR IN POLITICS AND POLICY. CONGRESS SERVES 20 TEENS DURING AT A LATE NIGHT 19TH DEADLINE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT OR ELSE THERE COULD BE A PARTIAL SHUTDOWN.>>WE NEED TO GET THE FUNDING ISSUE SOLVED. WE HAVE WE HAVE A LOT OF NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES. TO BE MET.>>THEY WILL MEET WITH LEADERS OF CONGRESS TOMORROW. CAP EXPECTED TO BE A MAJOR TOPIC. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ALSO PRESSING LAWMAKERS TO ACT ON INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH COULD ABOUT IMMIGRATION. HE HAS SET A MARCH DEADLINE FOR LAWMAKERS TO RESOLVE IT. DEMOCRATS ARE DOING NOTHING FOR DACA, JUST INTERESTED IN WILL GO HARD AGAINST DEMS, WILL START “FALLING IN LOVE” WITH REPUBLICANS AND THEIR PRESIDENT! WE ARE ABOUT RESULTS.” A MEMBER OF THE SENATE G.O.P. LEADERSHIP LAID OUT HIS VISION.>>THAT’S AN ISSUE THAT HAS TO BE ADDRESSED. I’M HOPING WE CAN MOVE A FREESTANDING DOUBLE WHEN YOU ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. REBUILDING THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE.>>ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WE DID WAS REPEAL THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. NOW WE NEED TO FIX THE THINGS THAT ARE BROKEN.>>LET’S GET IT DONE. NEGLECT OF VERY FEW SIGNS OF BIPARTISANSHIP IN 2017 A FORMER AIDE TO SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER SAYS THERE COULD BE A WINDOW FOR THE PRESIDENT.>>HE GOT OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SOMETHING THAT’S BIPARTISAN. I THINK A PERFECT PLACE TO START IS WITH DACA, THE IMMIGRATION. HE SAT ON SOME NUMBER FIVE, IN A TWEET, WE ARE GOING TO SOLVE THIS WITH HEART AND COMPASSION.>>THAT WINDOW IS LIKELY TO BE THIS YEAR. THE PRESIDENT IS EXPECTED TO PLOT STRATEGY WITH SPEAKER RYAN AND LEADER McCONNELL OF A WEEKEND AT CAMP DAVID.>>Bret: A LOT OF SPECULATION ABOUT MITT ROMNEY AND THAT ORRIN HATCH SEAT. MOMENTS AGO HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT SAID MASSACHUSETTS. NOW IT SAYS HOLIDAY, UTAH.

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