Summarized by Gregor McHardy
Hatch Ran for Presidency Before
Associated Press 28Sep99 P2
By Laurie Kellman
Those who think Senator Orrin Hatch's bid for the presidency are
far-fetched may not realize that he already won the election for President
of the United States - in 1951! His Pittsburgh high school senior class
voted him President of the United States in the second ballot of a a mock
This article focuses on Orrin Hatch--the man and his political (and not so
political) successes. For example, he won his first bid for Senator, when
no one thought he had a ghost of a chance. Although his election
"war-chest" looks like a thimble compared to Dubya's $37 million, he has
been a prominent politician for 23 years.
The Mormon angle of the article quotes Hatch as saying he prays morning,
noon, night and sometimes in between. "I address my father in heaven and
thank him for all the things he has done and ask him for the things that I
need,"" but (sadly) admits "He doesn't answer me too often."
The article also looks at things like Hatch's relationship with Senator
Kennedy, his role in the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, his
rebellious streak in wearing loud ties and mistmatching shirts, and his
recording relationship with Gladys Knight.