"I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney", McConnell told reporters.
Current Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is 83 years old and has said recently that he may not seek reelection in 2018 and that Mitt Romney would be a flawless replacement.
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Last month, Hatch told the National Journal that if Romney ran, he might step down.
He even added, 'Mitt Romney would be flawless'.
But in a statement originally made to The Atlantic, Hatch said while he holds Romney "in extraordinarily high esteem, my musing aloud on the subject has apparently snowballed into a frenzy of premature speculation".
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Romney, who was in France for an event Thursday marking the completion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Paris France Temple, has had little to say since telling the Deseret News in February he wasn't ruling out another run for office.
And Hatch moved to snuff out the fire.
McConnell, whose reputation for tactical acumen only grew with the culmination of his plan to put a conservative on the Supreme Court through extraordinary measures, continues to back longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch if he wants the seat.
There's also the fact that former Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Romney rival, said that he was interested in the seat.
"I do think he's bored", the Romney associate said. He also served as the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012 and as the governor of MA from 2003 to 2007.
While Romney, now 70, called Belmont, Massachusetts home for many years, he has longstanding ties to Utah and has lived primarily in his house near Salt Lake City since 2015.
Stewart said while the action will not remove President Bashar al-Assad or solve the "horrifying humanitarian disaster" there, destroying the airfield will help prevent future attacks on his own people. "And that is the right way to approach this", Perry said.