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. tellin it like it is

    >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.

    truly hilarious. i invite all readers to look up margeret thatcher's debate with a socialist back in the 70s about this very topic on youtube. it has always been this way and always will be that way. rich people are able to let their money work for them while the average person must work for wages. it takes much longer to acuumulate wealth this way but it can be done. it takes work, planning and saving. but maybe the rich aren't to blame for the increasing disparity as more and more kids drop out of high school and more and more unedcuated illegals flood into the country? could it be that fewer and fewer people are trying succeed on their own because uncle sam will butter their bread for them and tuck them in at night?

    the people i see and know that have very little are that way because of their own chosing and usually poor life decisions. their was no evil rich person stealing their money from them. you're out dated communist schtick is rather amusing in 2012. thanks for the laugh.

    July 16, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Does it REALLY matter?

    July 16, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. tellin it like it is

    >Fair is Fair –No disrspect intended here... but did he get hit in the shoulder
    >with a water baloon or something? His shirt is soaking wet.

    it is a known fact. people sweat a lot when they lie. obama is always dripping wet.

    July 16, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Thune has the pulse of South Dakota. Unfortunately he doesn't have a clue as to the operation of the universe outside of SD and the Beltway. He is even less of a "household name" than Sarah was four years ago. I guess since the Republican Party is picking a C-List Presidential candidate, all they can find are D-List wannabees willing to take the second slot on what is shaping up to be a losing ticket. Luckily for them, their starry-eyed wonder at being Tea Party darlings is obscuring the view of their eventual loss.

    July 16, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    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!!!!!!!!!!!

    Both of you are the type of supporters Willard uses. Those who won't ask questions of him and are unable to understand or comprehend we are electing a president not a CEO. Another true independent.

    July 16, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "i invite all readers to look up margeret thatcher's debate with a socialist back in the 70s about this very topic on youtube."

    What, so we can read the pithy, trite and virtually substanceless soundbite she uttered about "other peoples' money" which happens to be 100% inapplicable and irrelevant to the debate at hand? If you knew what socialism was, you' dbe embarassed for yourself. Instead, you're glibly rattling off GOP/Teatroll talking points because it's far easier than thinking for yourself.

    July 16, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "you're out dated communist schtick is rather amusing in 2012. "

    YOUR outdated McCarthyist schtick is outdated, inapplicable, irrelevant and nothing more than parroted demagoguery, now just like it was in the 1950s.

    July 16, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. tellin it like it is

    >steven harnack – More white bread bland is NOT what this country needs

    isn't judging a person by the color of their skin the definition of racist?

    July 16, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    tellin it like it is wrote:

    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.
    -------------–
    You have totally missed the point. Social Security was created during The Great Depression because banks gambled and lost deposits made by customers. [I wonder where all of the money went. It had to go in someone's pocket.] Social Security was created because the right wing did not want to enact regulations to hold banks accountable for deposits. The FDIC makes them accountable for the first $100,000.

    You missed the point about health insurance, too. People were working their entire lives only to spend their entire life savings on end of life health care, after having been dropped by their insurance companies simply because they turned 65. The right wing fought for insurance companies to keep the "right" and still do. The ACA puts a stop to it, which reduce the number of people on Medicare. That aspect is why the right wing says it will drive up the cost of health care. Wrong. It may drive up the cost for health insurance, but not health care. So, the ACA puts a cap on health insurance profits for just that reason.

    July 16, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Jill-IN

    Tax Returns do matter. SEC filings do matter. They are material, significant, legal, and do matter to people that Mitt Romney want to vote for him. To say that we don't care or that he is above all this and that voters don't need to know much about him – just take his word for how great he is. I don't vote that way.

    July 16, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. mm

    Yeah, just what we need another big mouth. This guy couldn't wait to speak out about his "private" talks in Boston.
    Wonder what he'd do with classified information IF chosen and IF Romney won. Hey, don't tell anyone, but you wouldn't believe what I just found out.

    July 16, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    rob wrote:

    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.
    -----------
    You seem to have missed the part of history where Reagan, Clinton and Bush,Sr. all raised taxes to lift the country out of a recession. Recession caused by trickle down tax policies.

    July 16, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. nc1965

    Mitt. Please let him be your veep!!! You have nothing more to lose now.

    July 16, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. cf

    How did I know just from the link "Potential veep speaks out" that this would be Thune? Never pass up an opportunity to toot your own horn, do you Johnny.

    Well why don't you tell your loyal Tea Party followers how you, despite being a millionaire, collect hundreds of thousands of dollars of welfare from the government at the taxpayers' expense in the form of farm subsidies? Or how in the same week you criticized Obama's "socialist" and "redistribution of wealth" stimulus package, you not only took credit for the funds here in your home state, but actually wrote President Obama a letter asking for MORE? Or how you are one of the biggest contributors of earmarks and pork spending on capitol hill, employing such dirty tactics as loading a bill full of earmarks and then voting against that same bill so you can simultaneously play hero to both sides while blaming Democrats?

    July 16, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. sarge

    For heaven's sake, accept and let us move on...this is so boring...

    July 16, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. sad4willis

    Are we choosing candidates for president and vice-president or casting the next season of "Mad Men"? They all look so Don Draper-esque!!

    July 16, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    These guys all look the same. Wooden versions of the bully bishop.
    When it comes down to it their presidential candidate is a bust so nothing and nobody he chooses is going to help!

    July 16, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. beevee

    if the president's re-election team and supporters are wrong about Romney's role at Bain why does'nt he sue them for slandering him. Or stop whinning and come clean. he should'nt behave like a cry baby. Afterall, the GOP supporters are known for swift-boating tacts. Can't they handle it?

    July 16, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Purnell Meagre

    He wants the number two role on the number two ticket.

    July 16, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. CBR

    This is important because............It is well known that the candidates people meet with many different so-called contenders to keep the press from getting the real facts until the candidate wishes to make the announcement. There has been too much said and written already.

    July 16, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Larry L

    @tellin it like it is

    the people i see and know that have very little are that way because of their own chosing and usually poor life decisions.
    --------------------------------------------------
    Ahhh... I see you've chosen a new name. But the fascist remarks, the disrespect for the poor and the Fox News hate give you away. The new name may fool a couple of folks who typically disregard your comments but it won't work for long. Will the name change work when you approach those Pearly Gates?

    July 16, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Larry L

    @Rudy NYC

    Rudy – your comments about Social Security and healthcare were spot-on-target. Thanks!

    July 16, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. rob

    Rudy
    Regan cut marginal rates drastically in 1981 and 1983 while cutting regulations and increasing defense spending. His tax increases were in a deal that the dems said would cut 3 dillars of spending for 1 dollar of tax increases...the spending didn't materialize. Clinton's economy was flat untill he and the repubs who historically took controll of the congress for the first time in 40 years, cut spending, reformed welfare and cut capital gains rates from 25 to 15. This and the Dot com buble caused a boom in the economy, it was not Clintons tax increases. Bush Sr increased taxes in a deal with the dems again and paid a the ultimate political price, losing to clinton.

    July 16, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Romney is not My Hero

    @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.

    Awesome!! This brought tears to my eyes. Sad part is it's probably true.

    July 16, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Bill in Florida

    John Thune is one ugly dude.

    July 16, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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