Palin endorses Utah's Hatch in Senate race
May 23rd, 2012
12:47 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin endorses Utah's Hatch in Senate race

(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has weighed into another race for the U.S. Senate, this time endorsing the incumbent seeking reelection to the Utah seat he has held since 1976.

Palin announced her backing for Orrin Hatch in a post to her website Tuesday evening, calling him "part of the one percent of national politicians who I think should be reelected."

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Her endorsement comes almost precisely a month after Hatch came within several dozen votes of avoiding a primary contest in his bid for a seventh term in the Senate.

Hatch is known for reaching across the aisle on occasion, though in her endorsement, Palin touted his opposition against the health care reform led by President Barack Obama, as well as opposition to Obama's nominees for the Supreme Court.

"We know he will use his seniority and influence to dissuade politicians from continuing to raise the debt ceiling without any plan to balance the budget and end these dangerously unsustainable deficits," she wrote. "And unlike some others, Orrin has gone out of his way to embrace the Tea Party movement."

Palin made her case for Hatch in a television appearance last August, saying his support for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution means "we need to be agreeing and embracing his idea and working with him to make sure that happens, instead of shooing him away and out of the Tea Party movement."

Former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist will face Hatch in a June 26 primary, and in his first television advertisement, suggested the incumbent was being hypocritical to turn down televised debates, which Hatch had called for in his 1976 bid. One of Liljenquist's supporters has said he will protest Hatch's decision to only debate once, and on radio, by holding a personal hunger strike.

National groups and figures have weighed in on the race, including GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who endorsed Hatch.

Palin's prior 2012 endorsements have included the backing of Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who this month defeated incumbent Richard Lugar - who, like Hatch, started in the Senate in 1976.

– CNN's Mark Preston, Ashley Killough, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: Orrin Hatch • Sarah Palin • Utah
soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. What?

    I don't get Sarah? Has she even seen Hatch's confirmation or health care record?

    May 23, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  2. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    Mama Grizzly endorses Orrin, sure to win re-election with the ding bat's support.

    May 23, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  3. The hen in the rooster house

    Orin Hatch is what is WRONG with senators, not what's right about them. Palin must have got PAID somehow.

    May 23, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  4. souptwins

    Did someone forget to tell Sarah that Hatch's opponent is claiming to be the Tea Party guy? Ironic that Utah right wingers are even too right for Palin. Who'da thunk there would be a day when Hatch would be considered the moderate? Now that's scary!!

    May 23, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  5. david mann

    You notice the "SHRIEKSTER" waited until AFTER Hatch survived/avoided a primary to endorse him. This woman showed how little she knew about politics when she destroyed McCain's campaign. But she has proven that she is peerless in promoting herself. "Dumb and Dumbers" Palin and the sheeple who pay attention to her.

    May 23, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  6. Ceitte

    Does anybody really care what this sorry excuse for a mother I mean politician says?

    May 23, 2012 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  7. bp

    It doesn't matter for me who the person is, if Sarah Palin endorses him/her, I want that person to lose. I live in California and do not care for Barbara Boxer, but when Carly Fiorina said she was "proud and honored" to have Palin's endorsement, I held my nose and voted for Boxer. Palin is an insult to intelligence, reason, decency and patriotism, because she believes in none of those things – only herself.

    May 23, 2012 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Get rid off old junk and pass term-limits on congress/senate.

    May 23, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    Why is it that NO ONE cares what Palin thinks – she's irrelevant!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    May 23, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  10. grahame rhodes

    Oh Poor Orrin. It's a death knell.

    May 23, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  11. Andy TX

    Endorsing politicians is crazy Palin's new career.

    May 23, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  12. wgf

    - calling him "part of the one percent of national politicians who I think should be reelected." -

    She doesn't seem to have a very high opinion of her Republican colleagues.

    May 23, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Who'd have thought that Palin would endorse someone considered a member of the party establishment.

    May 23, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  14. PTBarnumboy

    Sarah who???

    May 23, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  15. Larry

    How much longer do we have to put up with this screeching shrew and her stupidity? McCain will forever be hated for his releasing of this hillbilly kracken grifter!

    May 23, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  16. sonnie3

    To have the common sense to not support obama care makes Senator Hatch a good choice.

    May 23, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  17. Loopman

    And once again we have to ask ourselves, Who cares about a Palin endorsement? That's like caring what Donald "The Hair-do" Trump thinks or who he endorses. They are like two peas in a pod, in my opinion. Exactly the same as the other and give you gas as an after-affect. And, yes, that's all this comment is, my opinion, like it or not.

    May 23, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  18. John

    No body cares what Saran Palin Think or the Tea Party. They are both don't know what they are taking about. And why would any body cares what saran Palin want anyway. She just like to run her mouth ,but nobody want to hear her. She Nothing but a Quitter,and was a bad GOV when she was GOV. And She not news and none of the Palin are news.

    May 23, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  19. Trevor

    How is an endorsement from this woman anything but a bad thing. Just having your name mentioned in the same sentence as hers makes it appear you IQ dropped by at least 40 points. McCain should be imprisoned for unleashing this plague on the world.

    May 23, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  20. Evangenital

    I guess that's reason enough not to vote for him.

    May 23, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    That won't help Orrin.

    May 23, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  22. 2T

    Please DO stop making news out of this failure of a person. She failed in an election, failed in a governorship, and as a parent she doesn't look like she does any bette. So plea, ignore her so she goes away.

    May 23, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  23. Nathan

    haha – shes selling out the Tea Party now that she sees they are losing their power

    May 23, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  24. TM

    Hatch can start planing his retirement. A Palin "endorsement" is the political "kiss of death".

    May 23, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. PulTab

    Dangit CNN! You made me click on another palin headline. Kind of like having to look at a car wreck.

    May 23, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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