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. rob

    @Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer
    -Net 2 million fewer jobs today than 2009
    -States have run out of stimulus $'s and now are facing budget shortfalls
    -President promised 5.6% unemployment by now w/stimulus
    -14 million people part time or underemployed
    -lowest job participation rate for 50 years
    -Iraq war $ is accounted for and now off budget (I didn't support the Iraq war and I regret the cost of lives lost and wounded)...Iraq is the only real functioning democracy other than Israel in the middle east.
    -the Affordable Care Act was sold as costing $900 billion over ten years 09-2018
    -CBO scored the cost 2014-2023 at $2.6 TRILLION and rising

    July 16, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Larry L

    @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.
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    You've been watching too much Fox news. Joe Biden is a dedicated, tough, and compassionate leader. Thune is just another "chickenhawk" looking for a war. His Evangelical views make him unable to objectively support all Americans. He is opposed to all forms of environmental protection and deeply in the pockets of big oil. Romney wants people to forget he's a flip-flopping Mormon who invented the idea behind the current healthcare law. Romney wants Tea Party radicals to support him and needs an even more bigoted and "white' image.

    July 16, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    An unknown outside of South Dakota and likely to remain so.

    July 16, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Dixie Normous

    Romney 2012. Because Obama is just not fit, ethically, physically, intellectually nor morally to be President.

    July 16, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boenher and the Republicans are working hard day and night to raise campaign funds but they haven't worked one day to help Americans on jobs. They are so proud of their fund raising of billions and when they find time they remind Americans how bad off we are. I wouldn't vote for a Republican if my life depended on it because they don't give a darn about common people and if Americans can't see that, then go for it, I wish you the best.

    July 16, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. rob

    Rudy
    Just like under Regan, Clinton and GW, when you lower the cost of private sector employment you get more of it. When more people are working in the private sector and businesses (you know, the EVIL RICH PEOPLE) are investing and growing, employment goes up and tax revenues increase. If we get Govt spending under controll coupled with more economic activity we will bring our situation back under controll. So neither the President or any Democrat has proposed any plan related to the long term fiscal health of the country.

    July 16, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. AgeofInsanity

    Thune will do nothing to help this sorry campaign.

    July 16, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney whistles a happy Thune to avoid his Bain existence.
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    He should hope that Thune doesn't turn out be another Bain in his existence. lol!

    July 16, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Alina1

    GOP couldn't find a good candidate for Presidency, its double as hart to find a good VP. People that don't like Romney will vote for Romney anyways, their hate for Obama cannot be compared to anything that we ever seen before. So, whoever Romney will choose, will not make any deference, because people already know who they will vote for. Put Putin for a VP, and people that want Obama down will still vote for Romney. NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL.

    July 16, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. SCOTO

    Another dope as if cast from the same mold as the rest

    July 16, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. gee

    How many more waanna bees are going to come out of the woodwork?

    July 16, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @rob

    Let's face it, it took several years of fiscal irresponsibility to lead us into this economic mess and the reality is that it won't improve overnight! This is a global recession and things at home won't improve at a faster rate as long as the right is unwilling to lend their full cooperation to help improve our country. And unfortunately, conservatives have had their own seperate agenda which is to see the President and America fail. During the 2004 Democratic National Convention, then keynote speaker Barack Obama's famous line was "there's no red America and no blue America, there is the United States of America." Maybe if our congress start learning to find common ground and learn to work together for the sake of our UNION, who knows, maybe one day our future generations would start believing in that concept.

    July 16, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. johnmenacherjr

    I seriouslly think that mitt could do much better than Thune. he does not have any kind words for stewarding a good environment aand has way to much of an almost intimate relationship with oil cos. I also would wonder how any evangelical as steeped as he is could ever represent me or anyone with different beliefs. Save us fro an Iran style theocracy!

    July 16, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. jameskane kick the republican do nothing bums out

    romney the clown is going to take the gop cancer in america bafoons party down the tiolet in nov ,have a nice boat ride, and what ever your name is ,who wants to sign up to be on a romney the clown gop bafoon party losing ticket.

    July 16, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Romney wants people to forget he's a flip-flopping Mormon who invented the idea behind the current healthcare law."

    Infact, he didn't even "invent" it. Heritage Foundation (crazy partisan conservative group) pushed for it in response to Hillary Clinton's healthcare overhaul that she proposed in the 90s. It was a well known and discussed idea before that too.

    July 16, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Last time Thune looked that suprised was when they showed him shots of the planet from space and there was no turtle holding it up.

    July 16, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    telling it like it is wrote:

    ....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. ....
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    Surprise. Liberals and Moderates do not like high cost government programs, either. They would rather not have Medicare at all. But, since the right wing fights for the right of the health insurance industry to drop anyone who turns age 65, someone had to pick up the slack. In other words, were it not for greed we would not even need Medicare.

    The same argument can be made about Social Security. The right wing fights for the right for banks to rip people's savings and investments out from underneath their feet. So, a low risk investment program was created by the government, run by people who are not making $5-50 million per year and looking for more.

    July 16, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. v_mag

    "tellin it like it is" seems to have missed a few salient points, to wit:

    1. The income gap is growing at an alarming rate. That means it's the RICH who are the takers, not some poor schlub put out of work by the off-shoring people like Rob-money does.
    2. The RICH are the ones who own Congress and get the laws written for the benefit of themselves. The poor and middle class have no bought-and-paid-for Congress critters to do their bidding. So, what makes you think they are the beneficiaries of your taxes?
    3. The poor lifestyle is yours for the taking, if it is so attractive to you. Quit your job and live like a king, if you dare. The Rob-money lifestyle is way out of your reach unless you were born into it.
    4. Welfare is the domain of the rich, from no-bid government contracts (e.g., Halliburton->Cheney) to special deals like off-shore bank accounts that are only available to the the stinking rich. The domain of the middle class and poor is the dog-eat-dog real world.

    These are pretty simple, verifiable facts. I don't honestly know how you could have missed them, but apparently, you and a lot of other folks got their info from sources designed to confuse and distract you.

    July 16, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Eddie The Barber

    I'm sure that this nobody is right in Thune with Flipp Romney – but who cares.

    July 16, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. tellin it like it is

    Rudy NYC - Surprise. Liberals and Moderates do not like high cost government programs, either. They would rather not have Medicare at all. But, since the right wing fights for the right of the health insurance industry to drop anyone who turns age 65, someone had to pick up the slack. In other words, were it not for greed we would not even need Medicare.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ok, so now that obamacare requires health insurance companies to cover everybody,
    pre-existing conditions included, we can get rid of medicare. we just need to add old age
    as a pre-existing condition. then all these costs can be spread across all insurance policies.
    there will be no need for any government medical program.

    The same argument can be made about Social Security. The right wing fights for the right for banks to rip people's savings and investments out from underneath their feet. So, a low risk investment program was created by the government, run by people who are not making $5-50 million per year and looking for more.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    banks ripping people off? it is the fed that is keeping interest rates suppressed and ripping people off that count on interest on their savings, like older americans. and what is this low risk investment program you talk of? all of the money payed into it was stolen by the government and spent and a bunch of worthless ious put in their place. will that money be replaced with borrowed chinese money or taxes gotten from the people that originally paid the money in the first place? social security is a government mandated rip off at this point. young people are suckers for sending this money to the government. they will likely not see much in return. i feel sorry for them. obama has really sold them down the debt river. it will take years before they are smart enough to figure it out though.

    July 16, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Chipster

    Claudia is so right. Republicans work day and night to raise campaign funds, even when they're on the floor of the House and Senate. There's no better example than following up their rhetoric about jobs with a lame vote on their last day in session to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They know it will be vetoed, even if it slips past Sen. Reid (which it wouldn't). But they continue to waste time on this, abortion, and gay marriage instead of working on a jobs bill that the President can sign. They even refuse to vote for measures that they have supported! The President needs a Democratic House and Senate!

    July 16, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. judith

    Yeah, Thune will deliver the pathetic total of South Dakota electoral votes, which Romney already has a lock on. Truth is, the veep selection won't make much difference, as Mittens is so far behind in the electoral college math he's going to lose. No selection could be as bad as the dreadful Palin–a lesson I would think the GOP has learned.

    July 16, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. steven harnack

    More white bread bland is NOT what this country needs. We need someone who looks to the future, not these guys who are nostalgic for "the good old days" that were only good for WASP men.

    July 16, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. rob

    @ Blah Blah
    Your right, the problems have been going on for a long time involving both sides. But when the american people voted in 2010 to replace the dem controll of the house in record #'s the president and the dems in the senate ignored the reality of that rebuke of the presidents agenda, what do you think the republicans are going to do. Clinton cooperated with the repubs after 1994 and the country benefitted. Obama and The Dems in the Senate have refussed to bend. They don't vote on or pass budgets and they point fingers at everything else to explain our continuing problems. The only answer I hear from the dems is raise taxes on the "Rich" Thats no plan.

    July 16, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Squigman

    Just what the nation needs. A republican, that looks like a damned drunk with the mental capacity of a one celled organism.

    July 16, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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