Its been the question many have been asking for months; will he or won't he make a run for the White House?
Today, Senator John Thune revealed his answer. And he told us....it was a difficult decision to make.
Senator John Thune tells me his decision to not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination was ultimately the result of his concern that he could not launch a national campaign and properly represent South Dakota in the Senate. We pointed out to him that even decisions made for the right reasons can lead to regrets down the road..and he told us...he may have some. "It's hard to say... I go back and forth on this and have. My wife and I for months now. Some days you wake up and you're like 'I'm 100% into this, I want to do this'. It's a place where I can make a difference for my state and my country and then some days you wake up and think 'What am I thinking?' "
Thune's decision comes as several newspaper editorials and political analysts had started taking serious note of Thune and his possible presidential ambition, with several saying Thune's small town background would have been a huge advantage when campaigning one on one, face to face with the skeptical voters in Iowa. Thune tells me he thinks he would have done well in the Hawkeye State. "I do think that proximity to Iowa and the nature of the people of Iowa, very common set of values with the people of South Dakota, very much like have a conversation with my own constituents, would have been a natural place to try and put a campaign together."
So while we know Thune will not run for the White House on the top of the ticket, is it possible that he would entertain the notion of running as someone's vice-presidential candidate? "I don't think you can rule anything out but it's so speculative at this point because the field isn't even formed yet. We have no idea where this presidential election is headed."
With Senator Thune's announcement today, we know of one candidate who will not be running, but there are still no declared Republicans running for the White House in 2012 at this time.
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