(CNN) - He passed on running for the White House in 2012 and it seems like Sen. John Thune may take a pass again in 2016
The two-term Republican senator from South Dakota says he has no plans to make a bid for the White House.
Thune made his comments Thursday during a question and answer session with a classroom full of second graders at Mark Twain Elementary School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
"Do I plan on running for president?" Thune said, answering the question of a young student. "I don't. I enjoy the job I have. And being the president is a very, very hard job."
Thune's event was covered by KELO-TV.
The next race for the White House is still a long way out, and Thune's comments Thursday were not a definitive declaration that he won't run for president.
In the past presidential cycle, Thune ruled out a bid and instead backed eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Thune, who is a member of the Senate Republican leadership, was first elected to the chamber in 2004, narrowly defeating incumbent Tom Daschle, the Senate Democratic leader at the time. Thune ran unopposed for re-election in 2010, and faces re-election again in 2016, which coincides with the next presidential election.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to his report
He says "No" now, but later he could be singing a different Thune.
After the gop donors,suckers , lose money because of gop obstruction and lazyness,,the gop is going to just dry up and wither on the vine like their trying to do now to our government!!!!!!
Going forward I cannot picture any Rethulikkklans winning the White House, they should just forfeit elections for the next 100 years.
Smart man. Senators usually do not win the nominations when they're running against Governers. Besides, who wants to climb ilnside of that little clown car that we sw throughout the Republican race, which they're sure to bring back in 2016?
Thune says "NO". Rubio and Jindal both breathe sighs of relief.
Senators work 109 days. They have loads of perks. You figure it out.
Aw wired weird has a new name.....but still typing the same drivel he has been typing for months. As for stealing elections, it's only been done once and the culprits both had the last name of Bush, and you know it. It seems to me you can't get past the party of Stupid losing two elections. Funny thing is I've actually heard top republikkkans saying President Obama won fair and square. And now the GOP wants to follow in his footsteps and change the way they campaign.
It doesn't matter Thune or any other GOP/Tea fool has NO CHANCE, ZERO, NADA, ZILCH chance of winning the Presidency. The GOP has been taken over by rude, selfish, and angry racists. The majority of americans NOW realize the GOP / Tea Clown brigade have spent the last 4 years trying to tank Obama's Presidency out of spite and simple hatred / in many cases racially motivated. These folks are still fighting the civil war....and guess what " The SOUTH LOST....." Intentionally destroying this country should not be rewarded...... OWN IT Repubs !
Thune it dont matter if you run for president or not whos cares. the people will be waiting on 2016 for who be running for president.
The American people should start demanding these politicians take pay cut.
Take a cut, or resign.
Credit where it's due: this is the smartest answer a GOP/Teatroll who really does want to run in 2016 could give right now.
"who stole the election"
Please provide a detailed explanation of this accusation.
Understandable. CPAC is once again previewing its 2016 GOP platform by highlighting Sarah Palin, Allen West, Mr. 999, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, and of course ... last years biggest loser ... Mr. Mittens himself.
No doubt Mr. Thune can read GOPer tea leaves as well as anyone else who is not completely manipulated by FOX News.
He says he isn't running, but that won't stop the dope smokers, welfare frauds and union toadys who stole the election from the current inept, incompetent, corrut liar from demeaning and diminishing him. Just read the posts to follow. It is the democrat liberal way of life.
So far, there have been no posts more deragatory than yours. Republicans have pointed the finger at "the Obama ground game" as one area where Republicans haven't come close to competing with the Obama campaigns. I guess that there is something to said for having experience "community organizing" after all. Elections are not just all about the money. They're really about The People.
All these guys are in Congress for the health care, and the perks, the retirement, and the opportunity to enrich themselves and their families. They love the power. Way down on the list is to serve the people. Thune doesn't have what it takes to compete on the national stage. He ran unopposed in the last election. He'll probably stay where he is rather than expose himself to the national debate.
Sen John Thune hardly a household name recognizable to most voters. Where are the rising stars in the Republican/Tea Party with star power?
I'm a conservative republican. That being said, why in the world are we worried about the 2016 election when the Presidents second term just started?