September 27th, 2010
06:13 PM ET
12 years ago

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."

With a solid conservative voting record, compelling life story, and telegenic good looks, Thune has long been considered a likely presidential candidate straight out of central casting. But the South Dakota Republican has been considerably less visible this year compared to other likely 2012 aspirants - including Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Newt Gingrich.

Still, Thune hasn't been all together absent from the campaign trail, headlining a reception for the Republican Party of Virginia last July and addressing a Maryland gathering of Republican National Committee officials in May. That same month, he also traveled to North Carolina to address the National Rifle Association's annual meeting.

The presidential buzz first percolated last year thanks to a visit to Iowa, a new position in the Senate GOP leadership and a growing 2010 campaign war chest despite the lack of a serious Democratic challenger. It also may help that Thune's home state touches part of western Iowa – that state's stronghold of conservative voters.

And the South Dakota Republican isn't pulling punches when it comes to President Obama:

"A lot of Americans are becoming increasingly skeptical about his leadership and his overall philosophy of what America could and should be in the next decade and this century," he told the Weekly Standard.

Still, Thune's got some hands to shake in Iowa if he wants to be taken seriously.  A recent poll from that key presidential state had him at 1 percent  - below a string of candidates with better name ID and long lists of visits to the state.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Marge

    So we put an Evangalican in the White House and we really will get religious stuff running out our ears. I don't think he should even be a Senator with the type of religious rheotic these people spew.

    September 27, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Let me guess...small govt, reduce taxes for the wealthy, and reduce regulations for Big $ lobbyists so they can rip-off consumers and pollute as much as they feel like.

    September 27, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Translation: "To everyone out there who is not a conservative nutjob right wing extremist, please do your research and inform the public as to all the batsh-t crazy ideological neocon ninncompoopery in which I've engaged or that has dribbled from my party-line parrot lips."

    Have fun Thune. You'll soon join the rest of them and heir chorus of complaints about any media outlet that does even the slightest bit of research or shows even an iota of journalistic integrity. I expect you'll be relegating yourself exclusively to Faux Noise within the month.

    September 27, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Just what we need, another Republican. The Rethugs and the Tea Party cannot wait to finish dismantling this great nation. By the time they are finished we will be a third world nation. Those who don't like President Obama like to say that "elections have consequences." Well that cuts both way.

    September 27, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are so busy trying to be President and have ignored their oath when they placed their hand on the Bible and said they swear to work for all Americans. Now they come up with a so-called "pledge to the Americans" to replace the the Bible they swore on. Make Republicans stick with the Bible and stop playing games, we're not stupid.

    September 27, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Paul

    Thune is a cardboard cutout Bush Republican. I think the country has moved on from that.

    September 27, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. True Conservative

    Happy Monday, libtards. Are you ready to lose the House and Senate in November? You better be, cause the Tea Party is coming to take back America from the socialist Dims, Rhinos, Moderates and left. You might as well stay home and not vote, because we are the only "real" Americans. LOL at lefty losers.

    September 27, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. cane pazzo

    "your family and whatnot" – that is the kind of thought provoking comment we expect from someone considering a run for president? When people get to know his background there is little doubt that he will fold his tent and be thankful the stupid people of S. Dakota even elected him to the US Senate. How does the ring of President Thune sound – terrible doesn't!

    September 27, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Are you ready to lose the House and Senate in November?"

    House...quite likely and unfortunately.

    Senate...not a single credible statistical model exists that predicts the GOP will take it this year. It's most likely looking like 52-46-2 fior the Dems, or thereabouts. All we need to do is make sure Reid gets re-elected over that imbecile Angle...that way a goodly number of conservatives' heads will implode.

    September 27, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |