Republican State Senator Dan Liljenquist of Bountiful was in Logan Tuesday meeting with party members and the public while making up his mind whether or not to challenge Incumbent U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Liljenquist said Hatch is a fine person but when Hatch first ran more than 30 years ago he said 18 years was long enough. If Liljenquist runs and wins he says he would like to help rid Washington of something he feels is hurting the economy the most–unpredictability. “Health care costs are unpredictable, Obamacare is unpredictable,” he explained. “We don’t know what it’s even going to look like. This year there have been 70,000 pages of new regulations that have come from the federal government. “If you’re dealing on the state level, we’re dealing with the businesses who say, ‘we don’t even know where to invest, what, if we’re going to get any, return on our investment because there is such a dramatic change happening with regulation in Washington.” Elected to the state senate in 2008, Liljenquist has been given the credit for sponsoring and passing both state pension and Medicaid reform legislation. Liljenquist says he is “testing the waters” and will make a decision, along with his wife, sometime next month about challenging Hatch. Liljenquist does admit that Hatch has been in office for more than 30 years and it may be time for someone with his own financial background to serve. Asked how he feels about the Tea Party movement, Liljenquist said they appear to be sincerely concerned about the country’s financial future because they have done the math. “There’s certainly a lot of froth and bubble on top of a new movement of people who are getting engaged, and you see a lot of that,” he said. “But the rank and file people who I have met, who may not even consider themselves Tea Party, they’re just people that are concerned. “They’re concerned that we can’t do what we’ve done and we’ve got to change things and we’ve got to change the way we’re spending money.” Liljenquist says the Tea Party is not going away whether you call it Tea Party, conservatism or reality. Liljenquist also held a town meeting Tuesday night in Logan.
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