Former State Senator Dan Liljenquist says he is extremely pleased with the outpouring of support he has received since announcing that he would challenge fellow Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch in the 2012 election. Liljenquist resigned his state senate seat last week where he says he was instrumental in bringing about pension and entitlement reform.On
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, Liljenquist says he is running because he feels there is a serious need for new leadership.”While there’s not the anger that there was in the Bob Bennett race, there is a fatigue, and that fatigue is felt everywhere,” Liljenquist said. “When Orrin Hatch ran in 1976 he ran on a platform that was ‘what do you call an 18 year Senator? You call him home.'”Liljenqist says although Hatch is a statesman he has been in the Senate too long and after 36 years it is time to go home. Liljenquist says he felt compelled to get involved because of the uncontrolled spending going on in Washington.