Palin endorses Utah's Hatch in Senate race
May 23rd, 2012
12:47 AM ET
3 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. JDinHouston

    I guess we should just call it Orrincare... or is it RomneyHatchcare? Good thing Palin is around to let us know she's against health coverage and for people who created or proposed the same program.

    May 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. bg123

    Term. Limits. Isn't Romney running on a "I'm not a career politician" platform?

    May 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Pedro

    Palin is a joke. If anything, her "endorsements" hurt candidates more than help them.

    May 23, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. JDinHouston

    I'm so glad Palin made her grand anointment on Hatch. I can sleep easy now. Oh, wait, what does Bristol have to say about it? Please tell me she agrees and also endorses Hatch. Now I can't sleep until I hear her utter the words...

    May 23, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. ron

    Wow like getting Bozo to endorse Capt. Kangaroo! Hope she doesn't keep us all in suspense on YOUR SO BAIN Romney. He sure could use her endorsement. Maybe, just maybe, a potential running mate in the making her? ay , oh, come on what do you think neo cons? Romney/Palin? Lets get it on!

    May 23, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Bill

    Well, if Hatch had any chance, it is now gone with the endorsement.

    May 23, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. mctampa

    I will never forgive John McCain for unleashing this woman and her loud mouth daughter on the unsuspecting ears of of all americans. What were you thinking!!!

    May 23, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. TPF

    She's more irrelevant than ever! Fade,fading,gone.

    May 23, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. gregory21

    That's it, just keep on reelecting do notthing lifers.

    May 23, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Bones

    Why does CNN report on her? Didn't her pathetic resignation of her elected seat, her "book tour", her reality show and her "target" website discredit her enough? I want to thank Sen John McCain for making Sarah Palin a national figure and giving the rest of the world yet another reason to think America is a joke. Her endorsement should be the kiss of death....shouldn't it?

    May 23, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Phil Closter

    Who cares what Palin thinks or who she endorses, she is a poor example of womanhood and I would run for the hills if I had an endorsement from her. She is poison and no one of any credibility would have anything to do with her, or her moonfaced daughter. Why do they think anyone cares about them??

    May 23, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Bones

    Aren't 36 years of ignoring what's best for your constituents and instead doing what's best for re-election enough?

    May 23, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. former Texas republican

    Yes, I trully believe McCain lost it awhile back, and his selection of a person with zero chance of any fundamental credibility indicates he's getting the last laugh on all of us.

    May 23, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Dave Schmotzer

    Palin? Is she still around? Now that Orin Hatch has her endorsement, he's finished in politics.

    May 23, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Britannia

    Just look what happens with a Palin endorsement – Hatch has sprouted a halo with rays! Wow!

    May 23, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Dog Mom

    Who cares who she endorses?! Why do we keep giving her attention?

    May 23, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Tim

    I would vote against anyone that Palin endorsed hands down. She isn't relevant after her VP attempt. She needs to go away and people need to stop putting her in the news and acting like she has anything worthwhile to contribute.

    May 23, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Peter

    Ms. Palin has an inflated sense of self-importance.

    But since she has become a "lamestream media personality" (FOX Network commentator, Today Show co-host) I suppose she is now a celebrity and Americans–for some reason–pay extra attention to what celebrities have to say about any subject.

    May 23, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. sarge

    Bye Hatch! Now you deserve to lose!

    May 23, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. CitizenAJ

    An endorsement from Palin, a nit wit who could not complete a term as governor of Alaska, an oil state with the 3rd LEAST population for a state in the U.S. Bravo Mr. Hatch, you are a winner!!!

    May 23, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Investment Advisor

    Keep driving the liberals crazier than they already are Sarah! I love your straight talk.

    May 23, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. IndependentMom

    Hatch and those who have been in Congress/Senate for a lifetime is exactly what is wrong with our government!

    Out with Hatch!

    May 23, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. LiLa

    Someone needs to tell Ms. Palin that thinking people don't need her assistance in choosing candidates for public office.

    May 23, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Peter

    Investment Advisor wrote: "Keep driving the liberals crazier than they already are Sarah! I love your straight talk."

    You mean double-talk.

    Hatch proposed a health care plan very similar to Obama's, yet Palin has gone on record against government involvement in health care.

    Howz that, again?

    May 23, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    back door deal

    May 23, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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