Romney speaks up for Hatch in new TV ad
March 13th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney speaks up for Hatch in new TV ad

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stars in a new TV ad for Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who's battling to keep his seat for a seventh term.

In the 30-second commercial, Romney urges viewer to turn out for the senator in the state's GOP neighborhood caucuses on Thursday.

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"This is Mitt Romney. We need strong leadership in Congress to fix the economy, and we can count on Sen. Orrin Hatch in the fight to lower taxes, to balance the budget and repeal the federal government takeover of healthcare," Romney said in the ad.

The ad buy, which totals more than half a million dollars, began airing statewide over the weekend, according to the campaign. It follows a series of radio ads also recorded by the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney endorsed Hatch in September. As the long-term senator seeks to win another term, Hatch has faced pushback from the right, including two Republican challengers: former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and state Rep. Chris Herrod.

FreedomWorks, a grassroots conservative organization, has also targeted Hatch, spending hundreds of thousands to help oust the 35-year Senate veteran. The same group was successful in leading to the defeat of Utah Sen. Bob Bennett at the state's GOP convention in 2010, paving the way for tea party favorite Mike Lee to eventually win the seat.

Hatch opponents are hoping for a similar scenario this year. During Thursday's neighborhood caucuses, voters will elect delegates to send to the state convention, which ultimately selects the Republican nominee for the Senate.

Headed into Thursday's election, Hatch's campaign manager said they felt confident.

"We feel very good about where we stand right now," Dave Hansen told CNN.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Orrin Hatch • Senate • Utah
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. mctampa

    reallly?? can the taxes for the rich get any lower? plus hes right, we need the continued obstruction from the crypt keeper and his cronies!

    March 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. diridi

    No wonder, Obama cries for Education. Brainless idiots will elect any candidate for "SEVENTH TERM". America, if you have guts, and brain ask all these congressmen and Senate, to pass the "TERM-LIMITS" ON CONGRESS AND SENATE. Regarding Mith Romney, only one word here...."BAIN-CAPITAL" That tells youtube when mitt romney came to town....enjoy.

    March 13, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "This is Mitt Romney. We need strong leadership in Congress to fix the economy, and we can count on Sen. Orrin Hatch in the fight to lower taxes, to balance the budget and repeal the federal government takeover of healthcare," Romney said in the ad."

    "This is Mitt Romney. We need strong leadership that takes clearly defined and articulated positions on policies and proposed solutions for addressing the problems facing our nation....oh wait a second...what the hell am I saying? Who wrote this!!!!???? Yuo're so getting a pink slip...."

    March 13, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. DonnaFontaAdams

    The Republican Party doesn't have leadership. They have some weak soul free dense bigots and hypocrites telling people to lower taxes so the GOP can remove essential things like education, jobs, social services, military, and economic growth. By lowering taxes we can increase our national debt thus bankrupting everyone but the super wealthy.

    March 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Bill

    It's over for Hatch. Come to think of it, it will be over for Mittens in November too and then he will have to find something else to do instead of a an endless quest for something he will never have.

    March 13, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. DonnaFontaAdams

    Is this working? Seems like the Republican Party sluggish, and nothing is happening.

    March 13, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    If I was hatch I would tell the flip flopping hates dog guy to leave him alone! If he is having troubles hen really doesn't need this clown loser.

    March 13, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I hope Hatch beats any primary challenger. The Republican Party has been overrun by radical right wing RINOs ever since the 2008 general election cycle. While Hatch is not my choice as Senator, he would be choice as a Republican candidate. At least you know what you're getting with him. The Tea Party could post anyone for the slot.

    March 13, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Indy

    Dangerous for Mitts to be endorsing anyone and things like this can backfire all the way to the voting booth for Romney as he is going to lose the vote with all of the non supporters of Hatch

    March 13, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens stands jup for a fellow Mormon, while Santorum attacks a former catholic president, John Kennedy

    March 13, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. julien vergara

    I trust mitt romney.

    March 13, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. BLKMANinAmerica

    WOW...............does this puppit even believe anything that comes out of his mouth? REALLY?

    March 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Martha in CF

    Hatch has been there too long--Please take Boehner and Cantor with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |