South Dakota Sen. Thune to endorse Romney
November 23rd, 2011
07:30 AM ET
11 years ago

South Dakota Sen. Thune to endorse Romney

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.

The South Dakota senator passed on mounting a White House bid himself earlier this year.

In the 2008 presidential race, Thune - a rising star in the Republican Party –supported Sen. John McCain.

Thune's endorsement of Romney was first reported by the Des Moines Register.

It will be the second endorsement for Romney from a U.S. senator in four days.

On Sunday, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte endorsed the former governor.

Filed under: 2012 • John Thune • Mitt Romney
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. m

    Another religious surprise here.

    November 23, 2011 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  2. Debbie

    Interesting. As an evangelical Thune holds a high regard for the authority of scripture. The emphasis on the resurrection of Christ. Wonder how Thune squares those stated beliefs with Romney's LDS/Mormon faith. Scriputure is quite clear about Christ not returning till the end of the world, there is no marriage in heaven, etc. Guess Thune is an evangelical politician vs evangelical Christian.

    November 23, 2011 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  3. Marie MD

    And this means what? Who cares!

    November 23, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    And the moral of this story is????? Who cares – MITTens will get the nomination and then get BEATEN in 2012!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 23, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  5. Just Say No to Flipper

    Karl Rove's plan to ram Mittens down our throat continues.

    November 23, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am beginning to think that elected republicans are as out of touch with their own party, as they are with the rest of the country.

    November 23, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Panderer pushes Mittens in hopes of getting the VP nod. Looks like the woman senator from NH beat John to the punch.

    November 23, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. mary

    Who cares!!!

    November 23, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. mc florida

    Course he did, just goes to show you hes not as conservative as he wants you to think, plus he wants the VP spot.

    wow these folks have real character.

    November 23, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  10. Name

    I guest its time all the reputation jumps on the Romney band wagon to be considered for the vice presidential slot. I finally finds out that every endorsement comes with a string attatched. I ended how folks see that endorsement now excluding the please pick me for vice president scenario.

    November 23, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    An endorsement from one of the key obstructionist in Congress doesn't sit well with me. I can care less about the South Dakotan senator's endorsement. South Dakota really?

    November 23, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. chuck weidemann

    Looks like Newt doesn't need endorsing!! Doing alright by wonder who is brave enough,if you want to call it that to be first. Romney is in deep trouble running against the compassionate Newt who can beat him at his own game...saying whatever it takes!!

    November 23, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |