The ORRIN G. HATCH Webpage
(Republican - Utah)
 
 

   BIOGRAPHICAL FACTS:

          POLITICAL: US Senator, 1977-present [elected 1976 (54%), re-elected 1982 (58%),
          1988 (67%) and 1994 (69%)]. Chairman, US Senate Judiciary Committee.

          PROFESSIONAL: Practicing Attorney, 1962-76. First in Pennsylvania then in Utah until
          his election to the Senate.

          EDUCATION: B.S., Brigham Young University, 1959. J.D., University of Pittsburgh,
          1962.

          PERSONAL: Born March 22, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Married to Elaine
          Hansen Hatch. Six children. Latter Day Saint (Mormon).
"I'm officially in the ring 
and I'm going to do
everything I possibly can
to carry the message                          ...Hatch says his top issues are fighting crime,
Ronald Reagan carried,"                    especially juvenile crime, bridging racial and class
he told CNN's "                                 Larrydivisions, and rebuilding the U.S. military.
King Live."
 

Orrin Hatch homepage

The following information is from Selectsmart.com

            Abortion issues: Pro-life.  Hatch said he hopes the next president will appoint pro-life
            justices, but has also said that he would never rule out a running mate based on his
            abortion views.

            Affirmative action: Opposes affirmative action. Believes that racial quotas serve to
            divide the country's people, not unify them so that they all compete under equal
            standards. Supports hate crime legislation.

            Campaign finance: Opposes McCain-Feingold bill, saying that it would violate the First
            Amendment. Believes in total and immediate disclosure.

            Crime: Sen. Orrin Hatch announced today that over $1.3 million will be shared by
            three Utah communities to help hire additional law enforcement officers. Hatch
            introduced a bill to fund state investigations of hate crimes, and to let federal prosecutors
            pursue hate crimes when the defendant crosses state lines. It does not extend protections
            to gays and lesbians or those with disabilities. Hatch described what he calls the
            “Hatch 10-20-life” plan, which says anyone who commits a felony while in possession of
            a gun should be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Someone who fires a gun while
            committing a felony would get 20 years, and someone who harms or kills
            someone would get life in prison.
            Defense spending: On the votes that the Peace Action considered to be the most
            important in 1998, Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 0 percent of the time.
            On the votes that the Council for a Livable World considered to be the most
            important in 1997-1998, Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 10 percent
            of the time. On the votes that the Campaign for U.N. Reform considered to be the most
            important in 1997-1998 Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 25 percent of
            the time. On the votes that the Center for Security Policy considered to be the most
            important in 1997, Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 50 percent of the
            time. On the votes that the American Security Council considered to be the most
            important in 1993-1994, Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 100 percent
            of the time. On the votes that the JustLife Education Fund - Arms Reduction considered
            to be the most important in 1991, Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 0 percent
            of the time. On the votes that the Professional's Coalition for Nuclear Arms Control
            considered to be the most important in 1991, Senator Hatch voted their preferred
            position 0 percent of the time. Drug policy: America’s history of fighting illegal drugs has
           been long and tiring, but now is not the time to give up it is a time to fight smarter and
            harder.
           Homosexual issues: While Hatch said he is tolerant of all people, he does believe that
            homosexuality is contrary to the Bible. "It's a religious belief to me that homosexuality flies
            in the face of biblical teachings," he said, noting he can't determine "whether it's a
            genetic predisposition or whether it is a choice."
            Source: Associated Press. Said Hatch "The name Matthew Shepard synonymous
            (is) with Laramie, Wyoming I am committed in my view that the Senate must lead and
            speak against hate crimes."
            Education money: Supports school choice. Wants to decentralize educational
            bureaucracy. Supports tax breaks for education savings accounts.
            Environment: On the votes that the League of Conservation Voters considered to be the
            most important in 1998, Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 7 percent of the
            time. On the votes that the Fund For Animals considered to be the most important in
           1995-1996, Senator Hatch voted their preferred position 25 percent of the time.
                                            Evolution: PRESUMED
                                            POSITION: We believe
                                            that Hatch's strongly held
                                            religious beliefs would sway him
                                            to support the teaching of
                                            Creationism.
                                          Foreign policy: Interventionist.
                                            Believes in strengthening
                                            national security. Wants to
                                            promote counter-intelligence
                                            programs.
                                            Gun control: Opposes gun
                                            control. Supports tougher
                                            enforcement of gun-control laws
                                            already on the books. Opposes
                                            legislative measures he says
                                            were drawn in haste in the wake
                                            of the Colorado shooting, but
                                            supports mandatory locks on all
                                            handguns.
                                            Health care: Opposes
                                            Government sponsored health
                                            care programs. Sponsor of the
                                            patients' bill of rights. His work
                                            on the Senate Labor and Human
                                            Resources Committee has led to
                                            children's health insurance
                                            proposals and penalties for drug
                                            manufacturers that defraud the
                                            FDA.
                                          Moral issues: On the votes that
                                            the Christian Coalition
                                            considered to be the most
                                            important in 1997-1998 ,
                                            Senator Hatch voted their
                                            preferred position 82 percent of
                                            the time. On the votes that the
                                            Christian Voice considered to
                                            be the most important in
                                            1991-1992, Senator Hatch voted
                                            their preferred position 93
                                            percent of the time.
                                            Social security: Reform Social
                                            Security. Supports bipartisan
                                            cooperation to save Social
                                            Security and Medicare, and
                                            believes reform should be a
                                            priority.
                                            Tax policy: Says that taxes need
                                            to be reduced. Was instrumental
                                            in helping cut tax rates under
                                            Ronald Reagan.
                                            Trade issues: Supports free
                                            trade.
                                            Orrin Hatch is a U.S. Senator
                                            from Utah. Senator Hatch was a
                                            practicing attorney, first in
                                            Pennsylvania, then in Utah, until
                                            his election to the United States
                                            Senate in 1976. He seeks the
                                            Republican nomination.

Endorcements

                               Individual contributions of $1,000+- $677,000 (50.7%)

                               Individual contributions from $200 to$999 $153,269 (11.5%)

                               Individual contributions of less than $200- $345,478 (25.7%)

                               PAC contributions- $50,500 (3.8%)

                               Candidate self-financing- $0

                               Other- $100,000 (7.6%)

Analysis

Orrin Hatch should appeal to most of the Republicans.  His beliefs are conservative and it looks like he would  try to pass radical conservative laws.  He would appeal to people who would like to save money who have no opinion on controversial issue or radical conservatives.Click Here for an article about that.
Here's an article on Hatch's use of a private jet.  People suspect that the jet owner is trying to use Hatch to get his view across to a political decisions maker.  Hatch handles it cleanly showing that he pays for the ride and threfore no favors were done.
 
 


Author: Kenn W. , Rob C.