Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. John Thune isn't ready to rule out the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.
When asked Sunday if he would consider the vice presidency, the South Dakota senator said, "I don't think you rule any options out in politics."
"When you're in this you want to serve your country and put your skill set to its highest and best use," Thune said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
After publicly mulling a bid, he ultimately decided against a White House run in February. At the time he said he was "best positioned to fight for America's future here in the trenches of the United States Senate." His most recent comments echoed those sentiments.
"I'm certainly focused today on what we're doing in the United States Senate, which today is to get a deal to avert a crisis for our country," Thune said.