Summarized by Kent Larsen
Hatch plans get national attention (Hatch Preparing for 2000 Run)
Associated Press 24Jun99 L1
By David Espo: Associated Press Writer
The entrance of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch into the race for the GOP
nomination for President of the US has attracted national attention, with
coverage in most major newspapers around the US, many based on this AP
To date, Hatch has not made any campaign trips or raised money and is only
now hiring aids to work in crucial early-primary-state New Hampshire. In
contrast, the front-runner, George W. Bush, has raised over $13 million and
has hired a staff of 60. Another dark horse, Rep. John Kaisch, R-Ohio, has
made nine trips to Iowa, another state crucial for its early caucuses.
But Hatch's top adviser Sal Russo says that the voters don't yet know what
they want yet, "Realistically, voters are totally unfocused." Russo says
that Hatch has unique qualities, he "combines that Ronald Reagan vision of
a shining city on the hill, economic growth and opportunity with the
experience in the Senate of crossing party lines and ideological spectrums
to get things done."
And Hatch himself believes that it could happen, "My life has been filled
with impossibilities," he told reporters this week. "My life has been
filled with miracles. I believe in miracles. It would probably take that to
Hatch's office issued its first campaign press release on Wednessday,
announcing that Ken Egan and Patrick Hynes had been hired to work in New
Hampshire. His strategy seems to be to put himself into a position to
capitalize if Bush stumbles. And Hatch is likely to use Mormon connections
to gain support throughout the US. One anonymous source claims that he
hopes to attract a network of Mormon donors to help his early campaign.
But Lyn Nofziger, long-time Republican political operative and advisor to
Pat Buchanan, believes that Hatch has a different idea in mind. "I think
Orrin Hatch is a tool of George W. Bush. He picks up the Mormon
conservative vote that otherwise would go to Pat and Gary Bauer. The votes
will be split, allowing Bush to go into some of these states and win
without much of a fight."