Washington (CNN) - Six members of Congress faced conservative activists in what organizers called the "first Tea Party town hall" on Tuesday.
Attendees included Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, both of Utah, as well as Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Allen West of Florida and Steve King of Iowa.
Washington (CNN) - Who's afraid of a big, bad re-election challenge from inside his own party?
Sen. Orrin Hatch says, he's not.
Amid rumblings that the Utah Republican may face intra-party challenges as he readies for re-election to a seventh term, Hatch said, "I've always had convention challenges."
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Orrin Hatch "invited himself" to the Tea Party town hall that will be held in Washington on Tuesday, according to the chairman of the Tea Party Express.
Washington (CNN) - A conservative group that last year helped defeat GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah in his bid for re-nomination appears to be signaling that fellow Utah Republican Orrin Hatch could be on their target list as he gears up for re-election next year.
"Senator Hatch has a lower lifetime average on the Club for Growth's Congressional Scorecard than his former colleague Bob Bennett for a reason. Orrin Hatch has done some good things over the decades, but six term incumbents who vote for TARP, the Bridge to Nowhere, the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout, SCHIP, and higher taxes are quite clearly not 'as good as it gets,'" says Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, in a statement Friday.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who may face a primary challenge next year, apparently now has one less thing to worry about.
The Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party organization that last year helped oust Bob Bennett, Utah's other GOP senator, as he unsuccessfully tried to win his party's re-nomination, says they have no plans as of now to target Hatch next as he gears up for re-election in 2012.
Washington (CNN) - A new poll is the latest to suggest that Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah could face a tough time as he seeks his party's re-nomination in 2012.
A Utah Policy survey indicates that Hatch in third place in a hypothetical three-way matchup for the GOP Senate nomination in Utah, behind former Gov. John Huntsman, who is now the U.S. ambassador to China, and behind Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Forty-eight percent of Utah voters questioned in the poll, which was released Monday evening, say they would prefer Huntsman if the election were held today, with 23 percent backing Chaffetz and 21 percent supporting Hatch.
But a couple of things are worth pointing out.
Washington (CNN) - The congressional battle over the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts continued Sunday when Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would accept a two-year extension of the current tax levels, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said he would accept a one-year extension.
"I've said that neither side has the votes to get what they want, so I think we're going to have to kick it over for about two years," Hatch said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - A new poll suggests that GOP Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah may be looking over his shoulder for a 2012 challenge, and not just from the Democrats.
Washington (CNN) - Republicans wasted no time Thursday in calling out President Obama and Democrats for their handling of the economy, warning the country should not follow the Democratic Party down the road to ruin.
"It is time this administration and its Capitol Hill ally stop this job-killing agenda," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said at a press conference with other Republican senators.
Obama is simply "out of touch with the American people and out of touch with the economic realities of our country in the summer of 2010," said Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyoming.