(CNN) – To those keeping a list of when potential presidential candidates are going to announce their intentions, pencil South Dakota Sen. John Thune in at the end of February.
Thune, who rivals Mitt Romney in the I-look-like-a-president category, told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Wednesday he will decide by the end of February.
(CNN) - Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune accepted an invitation to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February.
Thune spokesman Kyle Downey said the senator turned down previous requests to appear because of scheduling conflicts. The state's junior senator is sometimes mentioned as a presidential candidate in 2012, and the high profile conference has become a national stage for presidential hopefuls.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Thune. R-South Dakota, took to the Senate floor Tuesday to defend the agreement reached between Republicans and President Obama on extending Bush-era tax cuts. And Thune used his speech to take a veiled shot at potential rivals for the GOP presidential nomination who have criticized the deal.
"It is easy to stand on the sidelines and criticize this deal," Thune said. "And it would perhaps be politically expedient to stand on the sideline and criticize this tax deal. But to advocate against this tax deal is to advocate for a tax increase."
(CNN) - Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, one Republican thinks the president should spend less time on the campaign trail and more time creating jobs for Americans.
"President Obama has been running around the country trying to re-elect Democrat members of Congress," Sen. John Thune said in the weekly Republican address Saturday. "But if the conversations I've had with voters are any indication, the president should spend less time campaigning to save the jobs of Democrats in Congress, and more time trying to create jobs for the American people."
Spokane, Washington (CNN) – A handful of key words stand out when chatting with Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, about the presidential bid he is considering: "commonsense conservative," "heartland values" and, of course, "Iowa."
Thune's home state shares a border with the Hawkeye State, the traditional kickoff to the presidential nominating process, and he clearly views his Midwestern roots as a serious asset if he decides to enter the race sometime next year.
(CNN) – If Republicans neglect the concerns of Tea Party activists, the group could break off to form a third party as early as 2012, warned Republican Senator John Thune.
Thune, who is considering a presidential run, said if Republicans manage to take back the Congress next month, they will have to work quickly to deliver results to voters.
"If we do not govern according to our principles and if we don't follow through on the things that we say we're going to do, I think the Tea Party–I think there will be a third party in this country," Thune said on C-SPAN Newsmakers.
Washington (CNN) - In the past few weeks, Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has become a buzzword for speculation about likely contenders for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
And Thune himself is not ruling out the possibility of a presidential run.
(CNN) - He's kept a low profile relative to other Republicans thought to be eyeing a 2012 White House bid, but South Dakota Sen. John Thune says he is taking a "full look" at launching a bid for president.
"I'm getting a very full look at it. I suppose you try to think what it would look like," Thune told the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes in an article published online Monday.
"One, is it something you want to do. Two, do you think there's a pathway to get there. And that's obviously a thought process that involves a lot of other people - your family and whatnot."
Washington (CNN) - They aren't yet headed to Iowa or New Hampshire, but two Republicans getting early presidential buzz will soon be making political stops in key battleground states.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the subject of much 2012 chatter among Republican insiders in recent months, will travel to neighboring Ohio on Thursday to join gubernatorial candidate John Kasich for an interactive webcast focusing on the "the need to attract businesses and make Ohio competitive again."
"Governor Daniels is an innovative leader and, as a result, Indiana has weathered and recovered from the recession in a manner that is the envy of its neighbors, particularly Ohio," said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols. "John's honored to have his support and looks forward to hearing more about his work next week in Cleveland."
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who also seen his name floated as a potential White House contender, is crossing the Potomac on July 28 to headline a reception for the Republican Party of Virginia in the Washington, D.C. suburb of McLean.
Washington (CNN) - A Republican lawmaker said Friday that senators should ask all judicial nominees about their views on the Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms.
Speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, singled out Elena Kagan for special scrutiny. President Obama nominated Kagan for the Supreme Court on Monday.
"One of the biggest threats that I think that we face going forward," Thune told the gathering of gun rights supporters, "is when it comes to appointments to the federal courts."
Thune told the activists that, in his opinion, confirming judges to the federal courts was "one of the most awesome responsibilities" that senators have.
"We need to make sure that as United States senators we take that responsibility very seriously. And we need to ask appointees, nominees to the federal courts – including Elena Kagan – what is her view on the Second Amendment? How is she going to make decisions?"