Thune hints against presidential run
February 3rd, 2011
08:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Thune hints against presidential run

(CNN) – He has been flirting with the possibility of running for president for months, but South Dakota Sen. John Thune appears to be leaning towards staying put in the Senate.

In an interview with Politico, Thune – the only senator thought to be considering a run for president – noted the difficulties of running for president while adequately maintaining a day job – a challenge many of the other likely candidates will not have to deal with this year

“It’s a different scenario maybe than some of the other candidates who don’t have a job,” said Thune. “This is a great place. This is a great job. We all complain about it. It’s frustrating at times ... but it is a place where ultimately you can be engaged in the big debates about the issues.”

A significant number of the likely GOP presidential candidates are indeed currently “out of work” – at least in terms of a job that requires reporting to an office for a substantial part of the week - including Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum.

But it was a different scene of course four years ago, when the two leading Democratic candidates – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama – were both senators, as was the ultimate Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain.

Still, Thune suggested another factor leaning against a presidential campaign is the apprehension of his wife, who has read “Game Change” - the book by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heileman that at times illustrates the dark side of political campaigns in excruciating detail.

“It was not helpful,” he said of the book. “But in spite of having read ‘Game Change,’ she’s somebody who really believes in public service, and she’s been a real trooper in all the campaigns. So however this ends up for us, she will be ready to go to work,” he added.

Ultimately, Thune will likely make his decision after he appears before the Conservative Political Action Conference, where the crowd of social conservatives can sometimes act as a good barometer of how a potential candidate will be received in the first round of primaries.


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  1. chris

    If he is smart he would wait, 2012 is starting to look like the old guard for the Republicans and the President re-election looks better every day. Thune best bet is to target 2016, because at best the Democrats will have a vacuum. I would wager the current VP will not be running for the spot in 2016. However, if JB decides to leave the post earlier and let say HC takes over as VP for the last two years and then runs for the head spot then all the GOP candidates can forget it. LOL

    February 3, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    What is this, an intelligent member of the GOP?

    Wait until 2016, maybe by then the grown-ups will again be in charge of the GOP.

    The GOP primaries will be a spectacle to rival the one when the lions descended upon the Christians!

    Oh wait...

    February 3, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Seattle Sue

    Mr. Thune, save your time and money as you have no hope of getting through the primaries much less making it all the way to being President.

    February 3, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Rick

    I guess that Addams Family gig is over, so Lurch is looking to broaden his horizons.

    February 3, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Indie Woman in Denver

    We don't need another Repub candidate... but we could use a SANE one... is that you, senator Thune? Are you sane?

    February 3, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Bob G.

    I believe he is somebody that both sides of the aisle would welcome him.

    February 3, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. PalmReader

    Looks like billionaire Huntsman is getting the nod from Republican moderates. Doubt this will go over well with the TeaPers, though. Politically speaking, Huntsman is carrying nearly as much baggage as Romney; same religious beliefs, same flip-flop double talk appeasement. Wonder if Huntsman will be throwing around millions of his own personal income in the same manner that Whitman and Romney have done, or will Jon be depending more on his wealthiest of wealthy donors to see him through - the whole you scratch my back, I'll scratch your back ideology of silver spoon babies all grown up.

    February 3, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How hard is it to say, "No!" to every job creating bill and still run for president? It is not like Thune has done anything in his 6 year term.

    February 3, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Sniffit

    He's already running. I've said it before...the second the "news" media starts courting you about your "potential" run for POTUS and you start flirting back with this inane "oh, look at me, I'm so coy" game, your are ALREADY running for POTUS. Period. The only response that ends it is an unequivocal "I'm not running." Thune might as well already be on his back with his ankles in the air waiting for more of the "news" media's 2012 campaign love.

    February 3, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Republicans = Fascists

    Thune never stood a chance of winning if he did run. Just like the rest of the GOBP hopefuls.

    February 3, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |