November 10th, 2009
06:20 PM ET
4 years ago

'Regular guy' Thune is hot commodity in GOP circles

Sen. Thune, foreground, is Senate Republican Policy Committee.
Sen. Thune, foreground, is Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Washington (CNN) - He walks through Washington's Reagan National Airport, arriving as he does nearly every Monday from a weekend home in South Dakota. He makes his way unnoticed.

But John Thune's anonymity may not last forever.

He is a Republican on the rise: a freshman senator who is already a member of the GOP leadership.

As head of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Thune runs the weekly strategy session where all Senate Republicans try to find consensus on the best way to challenge President Obama and the Democratic majority.

"It's probably the most candid assessment that we have in a given week," Thune said, riding the subway to the Tuesday lunch.

With just 40 Republicans in the Senate now, Thune insists that there is still a diversity of GOP views - but one that he argues must be expanded.

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  1. Ted from Calif.

    Thune is just another family values (sleep with your neighbor's wife)Republican who thinks the party of hypocrites is relevant.

    November 10, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Nevada dude

    so a young moderate is the future of the republican party? better not let Limbaugh and Palin hear about it!

    November 10, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Pragmatic

    Too many times Rush, Glenn and Fox News has babbled about "purifying" the party – that includes kicking out McCain and Colin Powell – not to mention the fiasco in NYS-23.

    No, there is no room in their tent for independent thinking: which is why all 177 house members didn't really need to show up to vote: the majority whip could have cast "one ballot" ... no one with a moderate thought need apply ... just drink the kool-aid and vote like you are told.

    November 10, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. mjm

    "We got along well," Thune remembered, "but he wasn't here for all that long, you know."

    Yeah..WE KNOW.

    This country would do so much better with fiscal conservatives....Both Republicans and Democrats. That’s how Reagan AND Clinton did it.

    Bush almost pulled it off...almost isn't good enough. He should have done better.

    Obama on the other hand, he's already failed and he doesn't even know it.

    November 10, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. west

    A 'hot commodity' in the GOP circles = goods whose shelf life expired decades ago.

    November 10, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. GIBBS

    this man is a genius......presidential material....

    November 10, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Dave

    Republicans should be game planning how to help middle America not how to thwart President Obama and the Democrats. That's the problem here. Folks need to work to get things done/fixed instead of trying to go after each other. We pay politicians to lead not attack each other. If a Party wanted to thrive all they would have to do is THE RIGHT THING verses doing for corporate america.

    November 10, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Anthony

    Ohhh.. so YOU are one of the guys that sits around each week trying to figure out ways to tear down Obama and figure out ways to make our president FAIL each week! Nice insight on this "regular Guy".

    Havent the Republicans realized that "REGULAR GUYS" arent what this country needs. It needs BRAINS and PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITIES...
    NOT the guy you can have a beer with (BUSH),
    the average soccer mom(PALIN),
    the average JOE (the Plummer),
    or the average tuesday subway riding Republican who helps in the weekly strategizing session on how to spread hate, divisiveness, fear, and lies in attempts to defeat OUR President.

    These guys JUST DONT GET IT....

    November 10, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. SF Serg

    A weekly strategy on the best way to challenge President Obama and the Democratic party? No wonder they have no alternative health plan or alternative anything to what the Democrats are proposing to save the country. Just say "NO" to everything and figure out ways to bring down the President and the Democrats.

    November 10, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. Drone Pilot

    Ron Paul 2012

    November 10, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Jose

    And this is getting something done in Washington? Sounds more like someone is interested in power for themselves than doing the right thing for the country.

    November 10, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Jazzy

    What the republicans truly need to strategize is how to work with democrats to get the people's work done. The all or nothing mentality is not putting food on tables or money in families bank accounts.

    November 10, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Perusing-through

    THE HYPOCRITICAL FACTOR,

    The Republicans have a serious credibility problem regarding the national debt. Congress was controlled by Republicans 6 of the 8-years Bush/Cheney GOP controlled the White House. And during that time Republicans took the nation from an economic surplus (thanks to Bill Clinton) to the largest national debt in history. Then Bush/Cheney turned their national disaster over to Obama/Biden/Clinton.

    Right now, I am not interested in hearing anything the Republicans have to say.

    November 10, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. mypitts2

    His backward party will prove his ruination.

    November 10, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. imnotamoron

    This republican just love them "regular" don't they. a regular guy with a simple mine, that any hicks in America can have a beer with. Sounds familiar They did vote for one and his" regularness" has destroyed the country BIG TIME. led an unnecessary war in Iraq, Disregard the victims of Katrina, bankrupt the country. made America the laughingstock of the world. and last but not least can't even pronounce a word properly.
    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE NOT ONLY POWER HUNGRY, UNPATRIOTIC, TREASONOUS SCUMBAGS BUT THEY STILL HAVE THE AUDACITY TO INSULT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S INTELLIGENCE.

    November 10, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Flagship, NC

    ".....where all Senate Republicans try to find consensus on the best way to challenge President Obama and the Democratic majority."

    This is the problem with the GOP, they think of only getting back to power rather than what is good for the country!!!!
    I think this kind of thinking is very SELFISH and UN-AMERICAN.

    If the Senate GOP members are not going to help with trying to improve this nation as a whole, then they have no business being in the Senate. We are wasting our tax dollars paying their salaries!!!

    November 10, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. chris

    "Senate Republicans try to find consensus on the best way to challenge President Obama and the Democratic majority."

    How about lead a committe that provide solutions and not attacks?

    November 10, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Well if he's a true Republican with family values....he makes a stop in the airport restroom for some quick toetapping....

    November 10, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. demsrulz

    Desperate are we?

    November 11, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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