Senator takes veiled shot at potential 2012 rivals
December 14th, 2010
04:22 PM ET
12 years ago

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."

Thune, who is considering a run for president, emphasized that if no deal had been reached, then taxes for Americans would have increased next month.

His speech came on the same day that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney published a column in USA Today titled, "Tax deal, bad deal". Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, another possible presidential candidate, posted a critical comment on her Twitter account about the deal last week.

"Obviously Obama is so very, very wrong on the economy & spins GOP tax cut goals; so fiscal conservatives: we expect you to fight for us &... America's solvency," she wrote.

Unlike previous years, the race for the GOP presidential nomination is getting off to a slow start. Republican presidential hopefuls are not expected to start officially declaring their candidacies until well into 2011.

A spokesman for Thune's office offered no further comment regarding the senator's remarks.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. johnRJ08

    Thune is an ambitious dope who stands in the background and looks pretty.

    December 14, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Danny Cali

    Mr. Thune no body care what you said man, we don't care good or bad this is your Party of big "NO" problem buddy. I think you going to get "KNOCK OUT" in first round.

    December 14, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. kayla

    atta boy mr.thune

    December 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    johnRJ08 – yeah – kinda lika $arah

    December 14, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. MUFFY7

    I don't think he looks pretty, he just looks dumb.

    December 14, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Sam

    John Thune would make a terrific president in symbolism alone. With his ultra-white Nordic background, steely good-looks, MBA degree, evangelical faith and consistent pro-American, pro-capitalism, pro-freedom track record, Thune is the ultimate antidote to rootless, multicultural, elitist, cold, distant and professorial Obama.

    December 14, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Candice are upsets me when I have to constantly hear what a half term governor has to say about the current dealings in the adminstration...those who can do, DO...those who cant do post attacks on twitter and facebook

    December 14, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. DJ in TX

    Senator Thune echoed my sentiments exactly. Everybody knows this isn't the greatest bill, but it is a start and it is bipartisan for the most part. So if Palin or Romney were President, they would "veto" this bill and let taxes go up on everyone? People who are considering these two, should remember this. And of course Palin is blaming Obama although 83 Senators including Republicans voted yes........................ and the House GOP is expected to vote yes as well. It is the House Dem's that may hold this up.

    December 14, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    The above qoute attributed to Thune might be the sanest thing to come out of a repub mouth this year.

    December 14, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pop some popcorn. Masterpiece Theater is coming on.

    December 14, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. PalmReader

    The eye opener if you will is that while we spent the past two years hearing how the GOPers were going to finally become the deficit hawks they were so busy pretending they were, they are still the same old-same old they have always been. And, I don't even have to purchase Eric Cantors book 'The Young Guns' after all. They've spelled it out in easy text for all to understand in their continual support for the upper 2%ers tax breaks - the deficit be damned.

    December 14, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    This "deal" is indefensible, on the part of either party.

    December 14, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. James Mason

    Glad to see the GOP is starting to understand that you need to stimulate the economy! We all need to recognize what a remarkable transformation it is, for a party that has done nothing but complain about deficits for the last two years to finally understand that a certain amount of unfunded spending is needed to juice up the economy!

    December 14, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Captain Chisel Chin is a complete moron.

    And let's explain something VERY CLEARLY here:

    "Obviously Obama is so very, very wrong on the economy & spins GOP tax cut goals; so fiscal conservatives: we expect you to fight for us &... America's solvency,"

    She talks about "GOP tax cut goals." Now, let's be honest. Thair "goals," at least the once they give public voice to (and I have my reasonable doubts they are the true goals), are somewhat laudable. They claim to believe that tax cuts for the wealthy will create jobs, etc. etc. etc. However, any SANE and RATIONAL person uses the gift of metacognition and insight to periodically check to determine WHETHER THOSE GOALS ARE COMING TO FRUITION. Not a single idiot GOPer/conservative who posts here or who blathers into the airwaves on a daily basis can cite a time or research or study that directly and causally links a giant tax cut that primarily benefits the already extremely wealthy and corporations to a period of accelerated economic and job growth. IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED. In fact, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN FOR AN ENTIRE DECADE WHILE THESE SAME CUTS WERE IN EFFECT. In fact, the statistics and demographics show that we've actually shrunk the middle-class with our trickle-down tax cuts ideological brain farts...not to mention widened the wealth gap exponentially and allowed the already wealthy to accumulate more and more of the country's wealth and assets and secure an increasingly disproportionate share of the total annual national income. So yes, the GOP's stated goals (if you ignore their goal of killing the federal government by starvation)...those are fine. The means of achieving them? BASELESS AND CAUSING A PARADOXICAL EFFECT. So ask yourselves...why are they getting more and more shrill about it? That's right...they see the end of the line coming...a time when people have finally realized they're full of sh-t on this subject. They need to secure what they can before the national mentality towards the trickle-down deregulatory tax cut day dream finally shifts to anger and disgust.

    December 14, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Mad man

    Wow, I love the way these mental midget libtard's start their blogs, Mr. No chin, Mr. Chisel chin, Caribou Barbie...
    Gee, let me guess, when you max out your credit card and live hand to mouth, you go on a spending spree to buy something nice for a neighbor down the street...your logic of economic gain is truly quite hilarious, work hard so the government can take your money and redirect it as they see fit, you work harder and be the best so they can take more, hmmm, yes, that truly invigorates me to go get another job....

    December 14, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. BOB

    Liberals are so going to get trounced in 2012. And so are the rino's. Elections have consequences, deal with it.

    December 14, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. BOB

    The point is sniffit is not so much creating jobs with tax cuts, its taking the candy away from the diabetic. Every dime we remove from the hands of the liberals and the rinos' is one less dime in dept they can put us.

    December 14, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. GOP Taliban Victim

    Translation: Put a muzzle on Slick Mitt Romney...and don't worry about borrowing boatloads of $ from China because the GOP clones have already been doing that for 10 years.

    December 14, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Captain Chisel Chin is a complete moron
    Captain Chisel Chin.........Bwahahahaha!

    December 14, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Sniffit:
    Oh, and your other points are fine too.
    Chisel Chin....ROFLMDAO!

    December 14, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. Indy

    When Mayor Palin asks "fiscal Conservatives" to fight is she asking them to fight against the tax break for the wealthy ? That would ne the only way she could call for conserveatives to be fiscally responsible. You can't be a conservative if you want a tax break for the rich, that takes the very word conservative out of the equation. Yes I call her mayor Palin because she did not ever finish a term as a Governor so she obviously cannot have that title.

    December 14, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Alistair

    Hey Sam Boy!

    The Nation is more integrate than ever before! Wake up!

    December 14, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Ken Tate

    Unbeleivable. How can the 300 or so million Americans be so naive and blind. I just do not get it. Someone please explain to me how you will not raise taxes but will cut spending and reduce the deficit. The GOP is spinning this theory around and people are actually BUYING IT. You cannot have it both ways. Unbeleivable. America this is it!! yOU ARE FINISHED.

    December 14, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Stop The Media-Obsessed Palin Family Freak Show

    Oh, that John Thune. Be gone with this loser.

    December 14, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Diane

    10% of the population owns 85% of the wealth. The GOP thinks we should give the rest to them and then we'll all have jobs – as serfs on their "gentlemen's" farms.

    December 14, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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