Thune says he's spoken with Romney's Veep team
July 16th, 2012
08:20 AM ET
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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. tellin it like it is

    >UNPAID tax cuts which should have expired 2 years ago

    gotta love this leftist gibberish. what this is referring to is the money that people earn when they work, it is your money. leftists think all of your money is the governments money, not yours. so your entire paycheck is unpaid tax cuts that they will eventually want and need as they spend more and more. this is why these people are dangerous in government positions and must be removed.

    July 16, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Romney/You Lie 2012!
    Romney/That One 2012!
    Romney/Robmoney 2012!
    Romney/Car Elevator 2012!
    Romney/Equestrian Horse 2012!
    Romney/Flip-Flopper 2012!
    Romney/Safetynet 2012!

    Its your choice conservatives!!!

    July 16, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. vikingslost

    Mitt Romney/And a nondisclosure VP
    2012

    July 16, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    D I S T R A C T I O N...

    Nice try Mitt. Clear up the Bain mess and show us your papers!

    July 16, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote:

    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???
    ---------–
    Guess who had the first $1 trillion dollar deficit? George W. Bush, FY2008. Guess who holds the record for the highest annual deficit? George W. Bush, FY2009, at $1.47 trillion. Guess how much annual spending has increased under Pres. Obama since FY2009? Only 1.4%, which is less than inflation. We have more of a revenue problem than a spending problem.

    Did you know that the financial sector accounted for roughly 16% of GDP in the 1970s? Did you know that figure has ballooned to almost 60% by 2008 when the financial collapse occured? Do you understand all of the implications behind that 60% figure? It means our economy is being converted from one that sells manufactured goods to a plutocracy that sells capital.

    July 16, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Larry L

    @tellin it like it is

    >UNPAID tax cuts which should have expired 2 years ago

    "leftists think all of your money is the governments money, not yours. so your entire paycheck is unpaid tax cuts that they will eventually want and need as they spend more and more. this is why these people are dangerous in government positions and must be removed."
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    How do you propose to fund the government? Want a big military? Want good highways? How about clean air and water? Border Patrol? National Parks? What about Medicare and Social Security? How did the right-wing, cut & spend Bush Administration work for you?

    July 16, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    tellin it like it is wrote:

    "gotta love this leftist gibberish. what this is referring to is the money that people earn when they work, it is your money....."
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    I understand. People want to keep their hard earned money. There is one major problem with the right wing tax narrative. Am I supposed to believe that the same people who want to keep their hard earned money are the same people who are the "job creators"? I don't believe, although according to the right wing narrative I am supposed to believe that job creators are benevolent beings who share their wealth by creating jobs for those less fortunate when there is no demand for goods and service.

    July 16, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. I FORGOT MY NAME

    It's just a younger Romney. Don't they kinda look alike ?

    July 16, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    tellin it like it is

    >UNPAID tax cuts which should have expired 2 years ago

    gotta love this leftist gibberish. what this is referring to is the money that people earn when they work, it is your money. leftists think all of your money is the governments money, not yours. so your entire paycheck is unpaid tax cuts that they will eventually want and need as they spend more and more. this is why these people are dangerous in government positions and must be removed.
    -----------------------------------------------–What I'm interpreting from your comment is that you don't think you should pay taxes at all. So it's perfectly fine with you that someone making 50K a year pays a higher tax rate than someone making a 1M a year? You must be bound by Grover's pledge as well.

    July 16, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. tellin it like it is

    thune would be a good vp pick. he's pretty intelligent and articulate. and hes not a senile gaffer like biden. thune is far better than biden.

    July 16, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. rob

    To Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer
    What job growth have we gotten from this additional spending? The stimulus is the big spending that has been rolled into the continuing resolution non budgets for well over 3 years and unemployment is still over 8%. The Afgan surge was Obama's and the Iraq war is over. The president's budget proposals have us racking up a TRILLION a year for the next ten years, totally ignoring the crisis we know is coming. This # does not even take into consideration the exploding cost of the health Care law.

    There is the debt argument. Where is the plan to correct the problem, tax the Rich??? Thats no plan.

    July 16, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Jean Sartre

    John Thune is going absolutely nowhere in the VP Sweepstakes... he is just another distraction. He will, however, go down in history as the clown who provided Paul Ryan and the Republican Party with the phrase: "PATIENT CENTERED HEALTHCARE."

    To avoid a meaningful discussion of HEALTHCARE at any level, this phrase, which means absolutely NOTHING, is all you will hear coming out of the mouths of Republicans when they take about healthcare in the future…

    July 16, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. rob

    Rudy,

    The 1.4% increase is not true. That doesn't include the stimulus passed in 2009 which has been added to the baseline budget ever since. The Senate Dems won't bring up or vote on these budgets because they would have go on record supporting this huge spending increases. Besides, if yo do the math, the debt has increased by about 5.5 trillion in the last 3/12 years, that does not add up to 1.4% increases per year.

    What is the plan the Dem plan to bring our spending under controll?

    July 16, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Romney is not My Hero

    Well at least he doesn't have that shifty-eyed look like Mr. Plastic. But he does have that deer-in-headlights look. I don't know if he's surprised, confused or what's going on.... Great pick for Rombot's VP.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 16, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Ambrose Smith

    Didn't Romney say that a governor and not a senator would be the best choice to run the country? So why is he vetting a senator? As VP he should be able to step up to Predisdent if needed. But this dude was never governor.

    July 16, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. The Film Professor

    Hey, he's white, male, from the swing state of South Dakota. What's not to like?

    July 16, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ rob

    What job growth has the stimulus package created? When President Obama took office in 2009, the unemployment rate was over 10%. And since President Obama has been in office, over 5 million jobs have been created in the private sector alone and that doesn't include the 1 million jobs saved in our Auto industry or the 2 million jobs saved in the public sector. And all this was accomplished despite the obstructionist measures by conservatives and their Tea Party in congress. And by the way, independent economists said that the President's American Jobs Act introduced in 2010 would have created 1.9 million American jobs right away but unfortunately the GOP and their Tea Party blocked this bill from passing. Yes, the Afghan surge was President Obama's calling but like the stimulus packages, everything the Obama administration has so far done regarding Afghanistan has been done out of NECESSITY to wind down an Afghan war the GOP deliberately and recklessly abandoned and prolonged to invade Iraq. And speaking of Iraq, thank God that illegitimate war is over. However, if you're going to talk about deficit, you just can't omit the cost of the Iraqi war and say bluntly that that war is over. Hey, that war has cost us 3 trillion dollars and alot of American lives. And I must say that President Obama was fiscally conscientious when he ended the Iraqi war. And if you don't know, the Affordable Care Act is designed to reduce our national debt by 250 billion dollars over 10 years.

    July 16, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Larry L

    @rob

    Rudy,

    "The Senate Dems won't bring up or vote on these budgets because they would have go on record supporting this huge spending increases."
    ----------------------------------------------–
    Republicans filibuster every attempt to debate or vote – even on thing agreed upon in committee. They have used the filibuster 137 times. Bills from the House all include "personhood" provisions from the radical Tea Party Republicans in the House. Of 15 rejected bills 13 had these provisions. The other two were bills to bypass all laws and environmental regulations and expedite the Canadian dirty oil pipeline – the same oil the Canadians are now protesting to prevent it from crossing their land towards the west coast. The proposal for a Defense budget had a provision about abortion! Republicans need to stop the political theater and do something to create jobs.

    July 16, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    I'm not fooled by the Thune, Ayotte, McDonnell, Jindal distractions. You wanted to run on your record as a businessman Willard. Well, we're attaking your record. Stop whining!! We're giving you a pass on your time as governor and those poor job statistics for now. You still need to explain to us, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, why you have money in tax havens and why you aren't releasing your taxes from 1999-2002. We're waiting.................

    July 16, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Willard running for POTUS? After listening to his weak defense on not releasing his taxes and bringing up Teresa Heinz, I thought Willard was running for First Lady. Michelle Obama is competing against Willard now - who knew???

    July 16, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote:

    To Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer
    What job growth have we gotten from this additional spending? The stimulus is the big spending that has been rolled into the continuing resolution non budgets for well over 3 years and unemployment is still over 8%. The Afgan surge was Obama's and the Iraq war is over. The president's budget proposals have us racking up a TRILLION a year for the next ten years,
    ---------
    You need to go on a diet. You consume too much Fox News. There has been arguably NO ADDITIONAL SPENDING under Pres. Obama. Spending has increased by only 1.4%, which is less than inflation.

    Did you know that the great Ronald Reagan passed eightenn spending resolutions? His budgets never balanced, but he insisted on cutting revenue and increasing spending by 5-7% from one year to the next.

    The Romney/Ryan Plan would add an ADDITIONAL trillion dollars of annual deficit to what we already have. The worst part is that Romney has not said how he would pay for his massive tax cuts. The Cheney school of thought says "deficits don't matter". I noticed Romney went to see the master last week.

    July 16, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. zisee

    If Romney's vp was Mickey Mouse I would still vote for him. No way, no how, do I want Obama in the WH for another four years. America will be no more.

    July 16, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Carolina

    I am from South Dakota. Thune as vice-president scares me. He may be fine as a senator but as president (did the unthinkable happen) he would put the party first. He is a party man through and through. He will do exactly what the party tells him.

    July 16, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    rob

    Rudy,

    The 1.4% increase is not true. That doesn't include the stimulus passed in 2009 which has been added to the baseline budget ever since.
    ---------------
    No, it doesn't. FY2009 includes TARP. The Stimulus has been spread across two years, but the overall spending is still negligibly more than FY2009, which set the record because of TARP. Don't forget that 40% of the Stimulus was in the form of tax cuts. That is why the cost is spread out over years. It is not some liberal conspiracy to hide the spending, as Fox likes to portray it.

    Is the right wing suddenly calling a tax cut spending when a Democrat enacts one? The fact still remains that spending has only increased by 1.4% since Bush.

    July 16, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. tellin it like it is

    >What I'm interpreting from your comment is that you don't think you should pay taxes at all

    totally absurd. of course not. i don't mind paying taxes for legitimate government services. what i object to is paying endless amounts of taxes for endless government programs and entitlements that always balloon to 10 times their estimated cost. what i object to is government programs that encourage government dependency and require no personal responsibility or sacrifice on the part of recipient. government welfare recipients can't be spending their govenrment money (my money!) on alcohol, tobacco, drugs, lottery tickets, etc while not working.

    times have changed. this country is going broke and we can't afford this insanity any longer. the takers are far out numbered the makers and this house of cards will collapse under its own dead weight.

    July 16, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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