Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – A man who could have run for president but passed threw his support behind a fellow Republican who is running on Wednesday.
Sen. John Thune endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a packed and well-publicized event at the Des Moines, Iowa office of Nationwide Insurance. Thune represents South Dakota, which shares a bit of its border with Iowa's western region.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota will endorse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Iowa on Wednesday.
The endorsement is set to be announced as the former Massachusetts governor campaigns in Des Moines, according to Dave Kochel, Romney's top strategist in Iowa.
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma plans to endorse Gov. Rick Perry in his bid for the White House, his office confirmed to CNN Wednesday.
"I called Rick Perry a year ago and told him, 'If you're running for president, I'll be the first to endorse you,'" Inhofe said at the Tulsa Press Club, according to the Tulsa World. "I'm going to be that person on Monday."
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. John Thune isn't ready to rule out the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.
When asked Sunday if he would consider the vice presidency, the South Dakota senator said, "I don't think you rule any options out in politics."
Washington (CNN) Members of Congress took to the courts Wednesday night in a Georgetown University Law Center sponsored charity basketball game against the "Hoya Lawya" law faculty.
The 24th annual "Home Court" game raised over $400,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the homeless, according to event chair Jill Collins.
Washington (CNN) - After months of speculation, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, told supporters Tuesday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and instead will focus his time and efforts on Capitol Hill.
Thune released a joint statement with his wife, Kimberley, on his Facebook page shortly after noon saying that, for now, he needs to be in the Senate.
(CNN) – As the presidential waiting game continues, potential 2012 GOP candidates are off on various travels this week.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday to meet with state and area Republicans in the early caucus state.
Washington (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. John Thune is mixing it up with fellow potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels, telling the Christian Broadcasting Network Wednesday that social issues should not be minimized over the course of the Republican presidential primary process.
The comments come in response to Daniels, the Indiana governor and possible White House candidate, who has controversially called for a temporary "truce" on social issues while America deals with its pressing economic problems. Daniels, the former budget director under President Bush, is known for his fiscal conservatism and economic credentials but has spoken little on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.
Washington (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. John Thune appears to be still very much flirting with the possibility of running for president despite overwhelming speculation he is more likely to instead set his sights on increasing his rank among the Senate Republican leadership.
In an interview with the National Review posted online Wednesday, Thune suggested he might be the best GOP candidate to matchup against President Obama.
Washington (CNN) - He took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to chants of 'Run John, Run," but Sen. John Thune gave the crowd of eager conservative activists in Washington few hints on whether he will mount a bid for the White House.
The South Dakota Republican did however compare himself to some other likely presidential candidates, noting he caries a decidedly lower profile and may already be a step behind the process of getting his name out.