One indicator of Hatch’s education preferences may be his voting pattern. Like most of the Utah congressional delegation, Hatch voted along party lines during most of the Bush presidency. In August 2008, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Hatch voted with his party 93 percent of the time, and with the president 91 percent of the time.
In other words, in a more conservative Republican party, Hatch would probably be more likely to vote for less federal involvement in education. That may not be the most comforting thought to primary voters, but it also may give them less cause for alarm.