Orrin Hatch on Principles & Values
Republican Sr Senator (UT)
Hatch said it will take a senator with his "experience, clout and raw determination" to turn the country around. That and Mitt Romney in the White House.
In contrast, Howell said he learned to work with Republicans out of necessity to pass legislation as the former Democratic leader in the state Senate. Hatch countered that Howell, if elected, would be surrounded by Democrats who "won't let you be anything but liberal," and he noted that serving in the Utah Legislature is quite different than serving in Congress.
Hatch repeatedly aligned himself with the Republican presidential nominee--often enough that Howell said, "you can't ride on the coattails of Governor Romney."
Hatch didn't waver. "I'll just quote Mitt Romney. He said, 'We need Orrin Hatch back in the Senate helping to lead the way.' "
At another point, Howell said, "sometimes I wonder if I am running against Mitt Romney or Orrin Hatch."
And Hatch interrupted: "Both of us."
Howell contended that Hatch moved far to the right to win tea party support this year, and that contributes to partisan gridlock.
Hatch's resources allow him to run a more steady race. His TV and radio ads have been up for several weeks. The current three spots tout his leadership and experience, saying he will restore financial responsibility to Washington and get a balance budget amendment passed.
The 78-year-old, six-term senator appears focused on the primary race, noting he never mentions the Democrat in the race, former state Sen. Scott Howell.
"Hatch has said he wants everyone to know he's a fighter," a campaign spokesperson said.
Liljenquist renewed his call this week for televised debates with Sen. Orrin Hatch before next month's Republican primary election. But the longtime senator refuses to debate on television and maintains that the single scheduled radio debate is sufficient.
Hatch responded: "It's understandable why Dan Liljenquist would want Utahns to view this campaign through an alternate reality," according to a press release. "In the real world, demanding debates is a time-worn campaign tactic used by candidates with little name recognition in the effort to gain free press attention."
Howell said the field attracted more Democrats this year because "this is a race where we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take back the Senate seat," because of perceived weaknesses by Hatch
Hatch, the only Mormon among the presidential contenders, has said anti-Mormon bias hurt him among Christian conservative voters. He said a Gallup Poll showed that 17% of Americans would not vote for a Mormon, adding he hoped his candidacy helped dispel some misconceptions about his religious faith. “I can’t do anything about bigotry but I can do a lot about people who are misinformed about my faith and about some people who don’t believe we are Christian,” he said. While he endorsed Bush, Hatch said any of the five remaining GOP candidates would be an “improvement over the current occupant of the White House.”
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