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New RNC Chair McDaniel: Haven't Yet Talked to 'Uncle Mitt' About Senate

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 10:31 AM

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be "great in any role," but it will be up to him to decide on whether he'll eventually seek Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat, his niece and newly elected Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday.

"I haven't talked to my Uncle Mitt about it," McDaniel told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" in her first interview since being selected to replace Reince Priebus, who is now President Donald Trump's chief of staff.

Hatch has been a great senator for Utah, McDaniel said, noting that her husband's first job was with the veteran senator, and it will be up to Hatch and Romney to decide what their next steps will be.

Earlier this week, Romney said he doesn't have any predictions about what he will do, but "all doors are open." Hatch, 82, was first elected in 1976 and has not said yet if he'll seek re-election. Several other potential candidates, including former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., have also been mentioned.

"I'm not looking forward to anything political at the national level," Romney said. "We've got some races coming up here in Utah that are going to be interesting. We'll see what happens on that front."

Meanwhile, Republicans have a "great opportunity" for the Senate in 2018, McDaniel said, especially considering Democrats are "obstructing every possible thing the president puts forward" and "keeping him from putting cabinet members in place."

"Now they are threatening to filibuster the Supreme Court [Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch]," said McDaniel. "So now, we're going to go to the Senate map in 2018 and say guess what? We need to get the 60 seats so we don't have to deal with this anymore and government can function."

McDaniel also spoke out against a comment made by 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who said the "future is female," after women organized a march after Trump's inauguration that brought millions of protesters into the streets.

"The future is female right now in the Republican Party," said McDaniel. "Kellyanne Conway just ran the first successful presidential race in history as a woman. I am the second woman ever to lead the Republican National Committee. I'm glad Hillary Clinton is taking notice."

The RNC wants even more women to become engaged, McDaniel continued, and plans to reach out to them.

"In the end, you want the best candidate to lead and Donald Trump is always looking for the best qualified person," said McDaniel.

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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would be "great in any role," but it will be up to him to decide on whether he'll eventually seek Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat, his niece and newly elected Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said...
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