Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said that he would endorse Mitt Romney if he was to run to fill his Senate seat.

Hatch, who announced his upcoming retirement on Tuesday, said that he didn’t call the former GOP presidential candidate before he made his announcement but he did call him a while back and “explored with him what he had on his mind.”

“There's no question that he loves Utah and wants to support Utah anyway he can,” Hatch continued on Utah's Morning News. “And I'm hopeful he'll run, because he would be just fine. And he would certainly be somebody who I think could succeed me into the job. We haven't spoken in the last few days, but if Mitt decides to run, he knows he'll have my support."

Despite previous disagreement, Hatch noted that Romney would end up supporting the president when pursuing a conservative agenda.

Romney, who is also the former governor of Massachusetts, is seen as a likely contender to fill the Senate seat which Hatch occupied for 42 years.

After Hatch’s announcement, Romney remained mum on whether he plans to throw his hat in the ring but caused a great deal of speculation when he changed his Twitter location.