Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah really doesn’t like the new health care law, and he used some not-so-legislative language to say so last week.
"Every state has different demographics, every state has different problems," said Hatch of the health care reform effort while speaking to a Republican student group at Utah State University on Friday. "It's good to allow them to work out their own problems rather than a one-size-fits-all federal government dumb-ass program. It really is an awful piece of crap."
According to the university’s Utah Statesman newspaper, the mild-mannered Morman lawmaker later apologized for the language, saying he does not swear often and that he would “repent” for using harsh words about an issue about which he is very passionate.
Hatch is up for re-election in 2012 and is likely to face a primary challenge. In his remarks Friday, Hatch aligned himself with the Tea Party – the same conservative activists who ousted Hatch’s former colleague Bob Bennett from the GOP Senate nomination last year – on issues of spending and the deficit.
"I agree with the Tea Party people,” he said. “I think it's about time we reared up in this country and said ‘Enough, we're spending way too much, we're going into debt too far."