Thune says he's spoken with Romney's Veep team
July 16th, 2012
08:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Thune says he's spoken with Romney's Veep team

(CNN) - As chatter amplifies surrounding Mitt Romney's choice for running mate, one potential pick confirmed Monday he had spoken with the Romney aides responsible for leading the all-important search.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota confirmed with The Hill that he had met Beth Myers, who is leading Romney's search for a vice presidential pick. However, a transcript of the interview released later Monday indicated Thune told the newspaper "it wasn't a meeting about what you think it's about."

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The full transcript also notes that Thune added he had not been to Boston "recently" to meet with Romney's team.

In interviews over the past several months, Thune has not ruled out joining Romney on the Republican presidential ticket.

In May, he said on Fox News, "You never rule out opportunities or options when you're involved in public life and you say you want to make a difference. If you're serious about that, obviously you don't foreclose options."

And speaking at an insurance industry event in April, Thune said he would be happy to remain at his post in the Senate.

"I don't expect to be there, but I do expect to be in the Senate, hopefully working with a new president to take on big issues because in order to solve big problems, you gotta have presidential leadership," Thune said. "I always tell people that, you know, we have 535 members of Congress, there's only one president. There's only one person who can sign a bill into law. There's only one person who has the capacity to lead the country, to engage with the Congress on solutions to the big issues."

Ever since Thune backed Romney in November 2011, his name has been mentioned as a potential No. 2 for the former Massachusetts governor. He backed Romney at a time when seven other candidates were still in the race, and voters were still deciding in key early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Thune, who represents South Dakota, would provide geographic balance on a potential Republican ticket, though he would not offer a large degree of ideological disparity with the likely GOP nominee. Thune is well respected among social conservatives.

Thune decided against making his own presidential bid in February 2011, but is considered a GOP hero for toppling incumbent Tom Daschle, the top Democrat in the Senate, in 2004. Thune chairs the Senate Republican Conference, which controls the party's message in the Senate, and is often mentioned as a presidential contender down the road.

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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Ken Knerr

    Why in the heck should I care about what Romney did with his money. We should be caring about what the administration is now doing with our money.

    July 16, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    No, that was people's money Romney stole and invested in foreign accounts along with money he evaded from the federal government.

    July 16, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. California Gary

    You betcha........Thune would be a great addition to the ticket for Romney. Don't want to gamble on losing all those South Dakota electoral votes........how many do they get? Two.....three?

    July 16, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    It's his money and where he chooses to put it or use it, is none of my business or the DIMS! He paid taxes on it....twice. Obama sending my tax money to the SEIU and the AFL-CIO is a lot more of a concern to me.

    July 16, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. TrueIndependent

    Amen Ken! I want someone who knows how to handle an economy: personal, state, etc. Please don't make the same mistake this Nov., We gave him a chance..................NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 16, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. JDinHouston

    Romney whistles a happy Thune to avoid his Bain existence.

    July 16, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. lies from obama(and mabye his father)

    CNN is beating a dead horse. we all know Romney is teasing his vp pick. This has gone past overussed topics and CNN has gone into drone mode.

    July 16, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Larry L

    He's another "party-line" Evangelical Romney would consider to make the gullible right-wing forget he's a flip-flopping Mormon. Thune, like Romney is a "chicken-hawk" ready to start a war with the first available nation. He's strongly against all forms of environmental protection, wants to repeal the ACA but has no viable alternative in mind, and always votes with the Tea Party radicals. He's anti-Social Security and Medicare – the typical lap-dog for the rich.

    July 16, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Mitt Romney / Anita Bryant
    2012

    July 16, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Ken Knerr asked:

    Why in the heck should I care about what Romney did with his money. ...
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    This is an issue that goes to the core of Romney's credibility. Did you know that when he released the one 2010 tax return, that he had to revise his financial disclosure form with the FEC because the tax returns revealed income that was previously unreported to the FEC? Do you think Mitt Romney is capable of having a Rick Perry "OOPS" moment? I don't.

    Don't forget, Romney was initally against releasing *any* returns, claiming that he had done all that was required by law, which was true. But releasing returns is not a law, it is a rule of thumb that all candidates do if they want to win. Furthermore, the additional years of returns will show how much "carried interest" income from Bain. There's the likely chance the some years will show that Romney paid zero taxes.

    July 16, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Larry L

    @Ken Knerr

    Why in the heck should I care about what Romney did with his money. We should be caring about what the administration is now doing with our money.TrueIndependent

    Amen Ken! I want someone who knows how to handle an economy: personal, state, etc. Please don't make the same mistake this Nov., We gave him a chance..................NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Really? You "gave him a chance? On day one the Republicans plotted to obstruct all initiatives and did exactly that. The Senate GOP filibustered 137 times – blocking things they approved in committee! The Tea Party House sent nothing to the Senate except radical abortion bills and efforts to approve the dirty-oil pipeline. We made progress IN SPITE OF REPUBLICAN OBSRUCTIONISM! Voting for Romney would be like "Dubya II". That would be making the same mistake again!
    @

    July 16, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Patrick

    BORING................and another 'red herring' that will not be chosen as VP..................go back historically and you will find that no chosen VP was ever much spoken about prior to being chosen..................ie, Biden, Palin, Cheney, Gore...........the only exception in the past 20 years was Edwards.

    July 16, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. mario

    Mitt Romney/ Allen West

    July 16, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Wake up people

    No one cares who he picks. It won't matter in the long run. Show us your taxes Robmey and make sure you include your long form birth certificate!

    The people have a right to know!!!!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 16, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    It's his money and where he chooses to put it or use it, is none of my business or the DIMS! He paid taxes on it....twice.
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    He has not paid taxes on his money twice. That's the tired old argument that is used to argue against paying any capital gains taxes. It is taxable income, plain and simple.

    July 16, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Mitt Romney/Ralph Lauren 2012!

    July 16, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. vikingslost

    No matter who Romney chooses as his VP, Romney still will be dealing with his unreleased income tax returns, as well as Bain. Romney's nondisclosure will be to Obama's benefit in November. The Republicans are on track to losing in 2012.

    See you at the polls everyone.

    God Bless America.

    July 16, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    Irregardless of who Flip tries to con into joining his doomed campaign, no one who is interested in continuing a a career in politics is that dumb. However, they could follow Simple Sarah and become a Fox Snooze talking head after the results showing them getting hammered 11-6-12

    July 16, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Who has time to pass anything beneficial to the people? GOP is attempting to repeal ACA a 34th time! Jobs? Nah.

    July 16, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. rob

    While the liberal media valiantly trys to keep the spotlight off president Obama's terrible economic record we are going into debt by more than ONE TRILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR under president Obama. As we face the Fiscal cliff in January the Dems insist on taxing the "Rich" before they will talk about any deficit reductions. This additional revenue (if its even collected) would pay for about 3 weeks of Govt spending, then what???

    Romney/ ANYONE 2012

    July 16, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. IndeePendant

    Now all those who are not going to be pursued (an further) will come out for their fifteent minutes attention.

    July 16, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    @ Ken Knerr

    If you want to point a finger of blame at someone, it should be at #43, not #44. In case you've cought a slight case of amnesia, there were 2 UNPAID for wars, an UNPAID for Medicare RX plan, and last but certainly not least, UNPAID tax cuts which should have expired 2 years ago. Now that #44 has put all this unaccounted for spending on the books, you want to blame it all on him. Is that your rationale? You're the type of person that will vote against your own interest. I'm not sure if you have a 401K or a retirement account, but if you do, I'm sure it looks alot healthier today than it did 3 years ago.

    July 16, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ rob

    Which party has really (rob) the American people? The domestic spending under the Obama administration were done so out of NECESSITY to stabilize the American economy and create the basis for job growth. The Iraqi and Afghan wars have just exceeded 5 trillion dollars and counting! Fiscal responsibility or wasteful spending? Hey, you have lost the debt argument!

    July 16, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. vikingslost

    Mitt Romney/Larry Craig of Idaho

    July 16, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. vikingslost

    Mitt Romney/Sarah Palin of ?

    July 16, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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