(CNN) - Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune accepted an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February.
Thune spokesman Kyle Downey said the senator turned down previous requests to appear because of scheduling conflicts. The state's junior senator is sometimes mentioned as a presidential candidate in 2012, and the high profile conference has become a national stage for presidential hopefuls.
This year's list of speakers includes other possible 2012 candidates including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
A Gallup survey of Republicans released Monday showed Thune has a ways to go to boost his national profile. He placed 12th in name recognition among the 13 candidates surveyed.
Who isn't running for President on the republican side? That might be easier to state.
Mr. Thune! Mr. Thune! Have you seen John McCain?! Has he said anything to you in regards to the massacre that occurred in his home state?
I will have to learn more about all these candidates, but I already know enough about Gov. Palin and President Obama (LIBERAL-ELITEST) that I do not want to vote for either of them, but I would vote for the lesser of the two evils if I had too.
" He placed 12th in name recognition among the 13 candidates surveyed."
Aaaaaw, chin up, Captain Chiselchin...all you have to do is toss out a few truly remarkable talking point grenades within the next couple months (followed, of course, by some champion political moonwalking) and they'll know who you are.
Could it be that Republicans are now afraid of being associated with the Tea Party/right-wing conservatives instead of trying to get their approval? Are we seeing a new trend starting?
Look at the list of speakers to this convention of the damned! Its a who's who list of rightwing whack-jobs, LOSERS, and FAILURES. Quite an all-star list for the GOP; I'm sure if you're deluded enough to be a GOPer, you're quite proud.
Sending in Thune is just more "grasping at straws", more random flailing to see who might be both pretty and vacuous enough to lead a ticket of empty neo-tards in 2012.
"Could it be that Republicans are now afraid of being associated with the Tea Party/right-wing conservatives instead of trying to get their approval? Are we seeing a new trend starting?"
There would be nothing new with the GOP throwing things out once they've served their purpose. Just ask Mushmouth.
We already know they can chop Palin from the list.
Like sarah from Alaska, Thune from S. Dakota has about as much appeal to Americans as she does. Out there in right field!
I highly recommend that the "entitlement" class that have made their ignorance and pettiness plain on this commentary to NOT attend this event because they use that darn "big boy/girl" voice AND there will NOT be any souvenirs t-shirts handed out!