Trump throws weight behind 8th possible Hatch run
"You are a true fighter Orrin," said the president to a selected crowd in the Capitol Rotunda, for his proclamations cutting the sizes of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante Monuments. "And you meet people you thought were fighters, but they're not so good at fighting. He is a fighter."
If that did not qualify as an endorsement for an eighth race for Hatch, this almost certainly did: "We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come," said Trump.
Dave Hansen, a long-time campaign manager for Hatch, said, "it's obvious the president would like to have Senator Hatch run again."
Besides his 'fighter' comments, Trump credited Hatch for his role in getting the tax cut bill through the Senate.
2News asked Hansen if he has been hired for a 2018 Hatch run.
"I have been doing work for him for the past several months," he replied.
"So the structure of the campaign is there?"
"It's coming together if he decides to run," said Hansen, who insisted Hatch still hasn't made a final decision.
Watch Senator Hatch invite President Trump to Utah: