Thune 'coming to final stages' of 2012 decision
February 11th, 2011
01:54 PM ET
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Thune 'coming to final stages' of 2012 decision

Washington (CNN) - South Dakota Sen. John Thune told reporters Friday that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl's decision to retire - a move that will shake up the ranks of Republican leadership in the Senate - has "not really" changed his thinking about a possible presidential bid.

But, he acknowledged, "things are changing all the time" that could influence his decision-making process.
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Thune hints against presidential run
February 3rd, 2011
08:30 AM ET
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Thune hints against presidential run

(CNN) – He has been flirting with the possibility of running for president for months, but South Dakota Sen. John Thune appears to be leaning towards staying put in the Senate.

In an interview with Politico, Thune – the only senator thought to be considering a run for president – noted the difficulties of running for president while adequately maintaining a day job – a challenge many of the other likely candidates will not have to deal with this year
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Thune getting closer to presidential decision
January 27th, 2011
01:23 PM ET
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Thune getting closer to presidential decision

(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.
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Thune heads to GOP conference
January 13th, 2011
04:56 PM ET
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Thune heads to GOP conference

(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.
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Senator takes veiled shot at potential 2012 rivals
December 14th, 2010
04:22 PM ET
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Senator takes veiled shot at potential 2012 rivals

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."
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October 23rd, 2010
10:33 AM ET
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Republican calls Obama campaigning a wrong turn

(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."
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October 15th, 2010
02:53 PM ET
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Thune, talking 2012, emphasizes 'heartland values'

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.
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October 3rd, 2010
12:01 PM ET
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Thune: Tea Party could form splinter group by 2012

(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.

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September 30th, 2010
01:31 PM ET
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Thune on 2012 speculation

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.

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September 27th, 2010
06:13 PM ET
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2012 Watch: Thune says he's serious

(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."

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