John Thune Keeps His Hand on the Doorknob to the Oval Office

Bookmark and Share In an interview with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, South Dakota Senator John Thune keeps the door open to a run for President in 2012. He tells the paper

The clock is ticking, and adds I do know that candidates are getting out there, and people are starting to gravitate certain directions.

Thune went on to say

At some point, you have to make a gut-level decision about whether or not you think you have something to contribute and add to the debate, and (if) the country needs something in the form of leadership that you can provide,”

Unlike others such as Mike Huckabee who recently told Fox News Your World host, Neil Cavuto, that he will make a decision within the next 8 months, Thune is cognizant of the fact that while the race for the Republican presidential nomination is wide open right now, Republicans yearning for a candidate to defeat President Obama may be quick to take sides. He also understands that several candidates, such as Mitt Romney are doing all they can to consolidate support as quickly as possible.

If Thune were to enter the race, one person who he would automatically draw early support away from is former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, the only other potential candidate who has a senate record. Thune could also draw some support away from the social conservative foundations of the candidacies of people like Mike Huckabee and Mike Pence.

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