Former Utah senator Orrin G. Hatch, who helped shape health and tax policy, dies at 88

While he was a staunch Republican, especially on social issues, that didn’t stop him from forming close working and personal relationships with Democrats, including Kennedy, with whom he was quite close.

“Working with the other side is not only politically necessary, but actually beneficial to everyone,” Hatch said in his autobiography.

In 2000, he ran for president but dropped out after winning just 1% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses.

So-Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa was his ally in preparing a 1994 law that limited the Food and Drug Administration‘s ability to remove dietary supplements from stores (supplements are a huge industry in Utah). A 1984 law credited with making generic drugs more widely available is named after its champions, Hatch and California Democratic Representative Henry A. Waxman.

He won re-election in 2012 after a tough tea party challenge, which Hatch accused of being out of touch. After seeing three-term Utah Sen. Robert F. Bennett denied the GOP Senate nomination in 2010 when conservatives at the party’s nominating convention lined up behind two challengers, Hatch was given two years to stand. prepare for a similar battle. He veered to the right on most issues, established ties to the Tea Party movement, and engaged in aggressive fundraising.

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