Out Of Bounds: Challenger Says Hatch Could ‘Die Before His Term Is Through’

Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) Democratic opponent, Scott Howell, sent a fundraising letter on Sunday that made a case against Hatch based on the incumbent’s age. He said that Hatch, who is 78, “is old enough to be my father and I don’t want my father running the United States Senate Finance Committee.” Howell added that Hatch could “die before his term is through.” Hatch’s campaign called the letter “offensive.” In a June poll, Hatch led Howell 63 percent to 29.

— Greg Noth