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DeLay: Chaffetz Might Push Romney With Trump's Backing

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 08:44 PM

Former Texas congressman and House Majority leader Tom Delay said Tuesday the race for retiring Utah GOP Sen. Orin Hatch's seat might end up being a contest about President Donald Trump.

In an interview on Newsmax TV's "Newsmax Now," DeLay said both 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Utah congressman Jason Chafetz could be interested in the veteran's Senate spot.

"After the words that Romney spoke about Trump, I doubt that Trump is going to endorse him," DeLay said. "And so that race could end up being a race about Trump because Jason Chaffetz . . . is closer to Trump than certainly Romney is."

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But Romney might be better positioned, DeLay said.

"He's got all the money locked up, and he's got all the leadership of the church locked up, and he's going to be very difficult to beat," DeLay said.

DeLay also weighed in on former Israeli ambassador Michael Orin's reported criticism of President Barack Obama for declining to support Iranian protesters in 2009 to ensure an Iran nuclear deal.

"It would be incredibly important in this upcoming election and certainly in 2020 for the American people to understand the Obama administration — what it means to be a leftist, what it means to be a progressive — and hang the Obama administration and those kinds of ideas around the necks of the Democrats," he said.

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The race for retiring Utah GOP Sen. Orin Hatch's seat might end up being a contest about President Donald Trump, especially if Jason Chaffetz takes on Mitt Romney in a GOP primary, former Texas congressman and House Majority leader Tom Delay said Tuesday.
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