Sen. Hatch endorses Jeb Bush for president

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File photo: U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

By Jeremy Diamond

CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Dean Heller of Nevada on Wednesday endorsed Jeb Bush for president ahead of a rally in Reno, Nevada.

Both senators will join Bush at the event at noon on Wednesday to formally voice their support for his campaign, Bush spokeswoman Allie Bradenburger said in an email.

The senators called Bush “a proven leader” in their statements backing him.

Hatch and Heller have previously been supportive of the former Florida governor, so the endorsements do not come as a surprise. Heller’s backing could be a boon for Bush in Nevada, the first-in-the-West primary state that is likely to be a key battleground in the general election.

Hatch has praised Bush to reporters in recent months and Heller has previously appeared with him at an event in Carson City, Nevada, last month where he all but endorsed him.

“Our nation is at a crossroads. It is in dire need of a proven leader. That leader is Jeb Bush,” Heller said in a statement provided by the Bush campaign. “The nation needs the pragmatic, conservative, principled leadership that only Jeb provides. And Jeb understands why Nevada is important when appealing to the majority of American voters.”

Hatch touted Bush’s “real record of cutting taxes, fostering job creation, and reforming government.”

“I know Jeb will return the United States to a position of leadership in the world,” Hatch said. “I’m proud to support Jeb’s candidacy for President of the United States as his leadership is desperately needed in Washington.”

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the endorsements Wednesday morning.

CNN’s Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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9 comments

  • Finny Wiggen

    Wow. Talk about out of touch!

    When he went to Washington, so many years ago, he was actually a pretty conservative guy. It is really illustrative of how Washington “corrupts” even the best of us. When I say “corrupt” I do not mean in the sense of being dishonest. I mean that his thinking is corrupted to the point that the original Senator Hatch would not support the current Senator Hatch.

    He has allowed himself to buy into the Washington group think, rather than remaining planted on a solid foundation of logical thinking that is fostered by having to live in the real world.

    This is why we need term limits. You can see the same transformation taking place is Jason Chaffetz, which is sad. We need level headed personalities like Hatch. But it is a shame that they equate this to having to move further to the left.

  • Jonas

    Go figure. One non-conservative supporting another non-conservative. Too bad Utah will keep re-electing Hatch since he will keep running for office.

  • Matt

    Big surprise with this one. (Right) Man, is it ever time for Hatch to go! The last thing we need is another Bush or Clinton in the WH. When are people going to realize that a money-based cartel is running the show and folks go to D.C. to get wealthy and powerful. They no longer go there to represent the PEOPLE. Hey, and look at all the freaking communists and socialists following Sanders. Holy smokes! Have those people lost their minds just like those idiots that followed Obama?

  • Hank

    Before he died, my grandpa told me a story about how when he was a young man, he voted for Orrin Hatch. He said Mr. Hatch was a “true conservative” at the time, but over the decades, Mr. Hatch turned into a man controlled by special interests and lobbyists.

  • Ward Damon Hubbard

    Much like the rest of the GOP leadership, Orrin Hatch has out lived his usefulness to this nation. While I lived in Utah,, he was the Senator of that state, and hailed as a Republicen champion, under Geroge Sr.’s administration. And over the years he has turned into one of many Republican’s who have failed. Weather it is the the times changed, or the challenges have changed, he has become the epitome of a corrupt, self servering greed, of those who buy influnce with Lobbyist cash cow moneies. Back Jeb Bush as President, means answering the call of those Lobbyist’s, and stonewalling the onslot of change to that status quo dynamic that has a stranglehold on this nation’s government. Orrin Hatch needs to either retier, or voted out. As he is standing in the way of restoration of this great country, and it’s change of direction.

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