Sen. Hatch Names Himself "One Of The Top Conservatives In The History Of This Country"

July 12, 2011 3:38 pm ET — Julia Krieger

When Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was asked this afternoon if his low lifetime rating from the anti-tax Club for Growth makes him "the next Republican in trouble," he could hardly have been surprised. The Club for Growth has made no bones about its intent to throw him out in 2012, and Tea Party-backed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has all but laid down the gauntlet for his seat. Hatch responded to the question with indignation, vaunting himself as "one of the top conservatives in the history of this country."

GREGG JARRETT (host): One more question. The Club for Growth, which is a pro-growth, low-taxes group is now targeting you. In fact, they point to your lifetime rating at 74 percent, placing you at the bottom of Republicans serving. Are you the next Republican in trouble with your own party?

SEN. ORRIN HATCH (R-UT): Well, I'm surprised that they would blow their money trying to take me down, because their own people have voted — their leader voted for, you know, for increasing the debt ceiling and a lot of the things they're accusing me of. But, I don't know where they get that 74 percent. I have a 90 percent American Conservative Union voting record over the years, I got 100 percent on a whole bunch of other things, and if you look at — you know, I'm not just one or two years. You've got to look at 35 years here in the United States Senate, and by any measure, I'm considered one of the top conservatives in the history of this country. And I don't know what they're doing, all I can say is, they're wasting their money and they ought to go after Democrats who are really putting us in this bad condition.

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Hatch claimed this was the case "by any measure." Except, you know, the measure used by "one of the most aggressive conservative organizations" in America.

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