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John Thune Rising: GOP senator on Romney's Veepstakes and his Future
thehill.com ^ | 07/16/12 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 07/16/2012 6:51:44 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has reemerged as a viable vice presidential candidate who would check many of the boxes Mitt Romney is looking for in a running mate.

He’s an experienced legislator who has earned respect from both parties in Congress, and if he didn’t end up in a Romney cabinet many think he could one day become the Republican leader in the Senate.

In an interview with The Hill, Thune acknowledged he’s been to Boston to meet Romney’s senior advisers and has met Beth Myers, who is leading the search for the vice presidential nominee.

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Thune also has a special ability to excite conservative pundits and grassroots activists, along with a plainspoken way of delivering a conservative message.

He was raised by devoutly Christian parents in an 800-square-foot home in Murdo, S.D. -— a town of fewer than 500 people — and can relate to the average American a lot better than most of his Senate colleagues.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: 2012election; election2012; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; thune; thune2012

1 posted on 07/16/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion
The man who killed John Bolton's re-nomination at the U.N.

Yeah, that's a real winner.

2 posted on 07/16/2012 6:53:08 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

If they switch positions on the ticket, I will take him.


3 posted on 07/16/2012 6:54:10 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Who HASN’T been on Romney’s VP radar?


4 posted on 07/16/2012 6:55:01 AM PDT by moovova (Ladies & Gentlemen...Pandora has left the box.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Drudge says it’s decided and then leads to a story about Pawlenty.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 6:55:38 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Pawlenty, Portman, Thune. Probably three of the most boring guys on our side.

But the Boston brain trust knows what it’s doing. Just look at the polls. They’re losing to Jimmy Carter 2.0.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 6:58:32 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: nhwingut

None of those brings Romney anything he needs...but then, neither did Jo(k)e Biden...


7 posted on 07/16/2012 7:00:34 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Miss Didi
Pawlenty, who sat on his hands while a senate seat was stolen.
Yeah, we need this dork like we need a hole in the head.
8 posted on 07/16/2012 7:00:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: johniegrad

Other than having nice hair and being a big improvement on Tom Thumb Daschle, what has John Thune actually accomplished?


9 posted on 07/16/2012 7:04:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
Other than having nice hair and being a big improvement on Tom Thumb Daschle, what has John Thune actually accomplished?

I don't know a lot about Thune. His bio and record is pretty conservative. But he's a frequent guest on Greta, and he comes off as non confrontational and weak.
10 posted on 07/16/2012 7:10:51 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Imagine John Thune getting the crowd fired up at the Convention and out in the dust bowl!

Imagine ... oh, never mind
Or as Willard would say “My Goodness..!”


11 posted on 07/16/2012 7:11:29 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I just posted a comment in response to Drudge’s poll: None of the Above.

Every damn one of them is a fake conservative, a RINO in shabby disguise. And at least two of them are not Natural Born Citizens.

He knows that the conservative base wants a conservative, but he is completely unwilling to pick a real conservative—or to step aside and let a real conservative be candidate for POTUS. And the GOPe is entirely with him on this.


12 posted on 07/16/2012 7:19:03 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nhwingut

South Dakota’s 3 electoral votes could be critical if it comes down to the wire, and Ford only carried the state by 4400 votes in 1976 so it can’t be taken for granted. The Republican candidate actually lost the state as recently as 1936.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 7:20:45 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: nhwingut
But he's a frequent guest on Greta, and he comes off as non confrontational and weak.

IOW, too much like the guy at the top of the ticket.

14 posted on 07/16/2012 7:21:02 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nhwingut; SeekAndFind

All of this is a head fake, I think it will be Rubio (yes Rubio is NBC) although I prefer Martinez.


15 posted on 07/16/2012 7:22:22 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Cicero

Drudge doesn’t know squat. He’s just guessing. His source in the Romney camp (Matt Rhoades) is not involved in the VP selection process. They are just playing with the news media.


16 posted on 07/16/2012 7:24:14 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: Verginius Rufus

LOL!


17 posted on 07/16/2012 7:45:38 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Perdogg

RE: I think it will be Rubio (yes Rubio is NBC) although I prefer Martinez.

You are going to have a whole host of FReepers who will disagree with you here regarding Rubio being Natural Born.


18 posted on 07/16/2012 7:45:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know.


19 posted on 07/16/2012 7:51:17 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
I know John Thune and even went to high school with his cousins. However, Thune has been a shill for the ethanol lobby and even slipped in more ethanol subsidy money into the budget deal last fall. He was taken to task on this by Laura Ingraham. He is not my choice for VP and I think Condi Rice has more to offer.
20 posted on 07/16/2012 7:59:35 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Who is he?


21 posted on 07/16/2012 8:16:38 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Timber Rattler
The man who killed John Bolton's re-nomination at the U.N.

Is that the thing? I was trying to remember -- all I could recall is that there was a time he voted against the conservatives because of some kind of personal snit . .

22 posted on 07/16/2012 8:20:08 AM PDT by maryz
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To: SeekAndFind

Martinez is virtually unknown outside of New Mexico. If she is being seriously considered, she better be preparing hard—whoever is announced will be hit with an onslaught as least as ferocious as the one Palin faced, and he or she had better be ready to handle it.


23 posted on 07/16/2012 8:21:13 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: moovova
Who HASN'T been on Romney's VP radar?

There are three living Americans who have successfully run for Vice President on a Republican ticket--George H. W. Bush, Dan Quayle, and Dick Cheney--but it is a safe bet that none of them is being considered.

So much for turning to someone who has shown he can get the job done...

24 posted on 07/16/2012 8:30:45 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I like Thune a lot better than some of the other names I’ve seen kicked around. True, we don’t need to carry South Dakota but I presume he plays well throughout the upper midwest in states we could certainly use like Wisconsin, Minnesota and/or Michigan.

Plus, Thune can’t be shrugged off as a pander nomination like a woman or a minority.


25 posted on 07/16/2012 8:31:08 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Thune. Exactly, what we need. Another dude who supported TARP.


26 posted on 07/16/2012 8:45:53 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

How is the economy in South Dakota?


27 posted on 07/16/2012 8:49:16 AM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Yeah, Vice President Ethanol. Just what we need.


28 posted on 07/16/2012 8:59:51 AM PDT by Oldhunk
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To: Verginius Rufus

Oops. Forgot about 1964. LBJ did carry South Dakota in his landslide victory over Goldwater.


29 posted on 07/16/2012 7:55:47 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Perdogg

Agreed. Susana Martinez is way better than Rubio!


30 posted on 07/16/2012 7:58:40 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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