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Thune Called Romney's 'Sleeper' VP Pick
Newsmax ^ | June 11, 2012

Posted on 08/07/2012 6:18:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota is being touted as a “sleeper” candidate to serve as Mitt Romney’s vice president, the Sioux City Journal reported.

Thune may be at a disadvantage because he comes from a state with only three electoral votes, South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Ben Nesselhuf told the Journal. So electoral strategy might tempt Romney to pick Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida or Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Rubio ‘s Florida has 29 electoral votes and Portman’s Ohio has 18. That aside, Thune has qualities to match the job, according to Doug Gross, an Iowa Republican strategist and former candidate for governor.

"[The vice presidential pick] needs to be competent, capable, and respected,” Gross told the Journal. “[Thune] meets that requirement. They need to be capable of being president some day. I think he meets that requirement . . . Thune could really be the sleeper here.”

Gross said Romney likely has Thune in in his top five. “[Romney] doesn't need a Hail Mary pass, so he doesn't need a Sarah Palin-type. In fact, he needs someone who is perceived as competent and steady," Gross told the Journal.

At a recent stop in Custer in his home state of South Dakota, Thune said he would “never say never” if tapped by the Republican presidential nominee Romney to serve, the Journal reported.

“I don’t think you ever rule out or say no to opportunities to public service if you are really interested in making a difference for your country -- you want to put your gifts and abilities to the highest and best use,” Thune said.

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1 posted on 08/07/2012 6:19:05 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; unkus; ...

There is a case to be made for Thune being on the ticket. He’s competent, affable, and an asset in some key Midwestern states, especially Iowa. As for some other possibilities (Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Nicki Haley, and Susana Martinez), they can run for the U.S. Senate in 2014.


2 posted on 08/07/2012 6:22:11 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I don’t know about “sleeper” pick, but Thune will certainly put a lot of people to sleep.


3 posted on 08/07/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sorta like a latter-day “Ford/Dole” ticket, huh..?

Hey, now THAT is some pretty electrifying stuff, wow....!!!

Those idiots never learn.


4 posted on 08/07/2012 6:27:37 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Clintonfatigued

Thune choice makes no sense. Romney doesn’t need S. Dakota. He needs Ohio. No Republican running for president has EVER won without the state of Ohio. Portman.


5 posted on 08/07/2012 6:29:29 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Clintonfatigued; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Tommy Thune? Great choice!


6 posted on 08/07/2012 6:30:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Signalman

Plus Thune has morphed with the go-along, get-along bunch.


7 posted on 08/07/2012 6:35:31 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Clintonfatigued

“[Romney] doesn’t need a Hail Mary pass, so he doesn’t need a Sarah Palin-type. In fact, he needs someone who is perceived as competent and steady,”

Note to Grosse, that would BE Sarah Palin.


8 posted on 08/07/2012 6:38:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tennmountainman

He does appear compromised doesn’t he?


9 posted on 08/07/2012 6:40:50 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

” Is Romney a Candidate or a corpse ? “ ( M. Savage - 8/7/2012 ) . Agree with this sentiment . If Romney picks a snoozer / RINO for VP he will confirm my longtime suspicion that the fix has been in for quite some time .


10 posted on 08/07/2012 6:41:43 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; Skulllspitter; AuH2ORepublican

Pretty and a complete empty suit.


11 posted on 08/07/2012 6:43:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: sushiman

The fix was in, his VP choice won’t change that.


12 posted on 08/07/2012 6:43:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Clintonfatigued

STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!! We need good people in congress VP is a job once called not worth warm spit; Outside of Chaney or GHW Bush - name two vp before Klinton.


13 posted on 08/07/2012 6:45:10 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Pass.


14 posted on 08/07/2012 6:46:50 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: Clintonfatigued

Allen West for VP! What’s the problem?


15 posted on 08/07/2012 6:47:28 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; ...

Most of you have heard my thoughts on Thune 100 times before.

Hell to the no. Establishment porkmaster empty suit from a tiny safe state is one of the worst picks Romney could make.


16 posted on 08/07/2012 6:50:35 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Sarah Palin for VP!

:D


17 posted on 08/07/2012 6:51:30 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Get it over with. Pick Christie.

Crap, if you are going to pick a RINO at least pick one who gives you a chance to wn that state.


18 posted on 08/07/2012 6:59:31 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Clintonfatigued
He's another GOP-E loser.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the man who defeated Tom Daschle, has announced he will not vote for Bush U.N. ambassador nominee John Bolton.

19 posted on 08/07/2012 7:04:56 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Palin’s no Rino!


20 posted on 08/07/2012 7:05:04 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

RINO’s alllllways pick RINO’s —the only exception was when the red-faced screamer picked Sarah.

Hair-helmet is determined to be conventional, and terminally so.

Why can’t ALL idiots make gajillions? Then I’d be set, just like hair-helmet.


21 posted on 08/07/2012 7:06:33 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Clintonfatigued

For awhile, I’ve been predicting that Mitt’s choice for VP will be a RINO! Too many RINOS are for amnesty for illegal immigrants! How is the U.S. not finished with, either, Barack Obama, or Mitt Romney as POTUS?


22 posted on 08/07/2012 7:08:29 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

No offense intended, but WHO???

Also, we need to energize people which is why I think someone like Allen West, someone able to really fight back is ESSENTIAL to Romney’s campaign. As much as I like and respect Sarah Palin, we’ve already “been there done that”, and unfortunately the Libs damaged her with their sickening rhetoric as McCain tied her hands behind her back when she should have gone with her instincts and fought back then... I’m ready and willing to fight for her again, if for some reason Romney DOES pick her, but I doubt that’s going to happen...


23 posted on 08/07/2012 7:14:27 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: Clintonfatigued

I like Thune and donated in his first Senate attempt, but he doesn’t add any popular votes from a swing state, or a significant constituency.

I think the stealth choice would be Gen. Petraeus.

Obama team can’t criticize him, because they kept and endorsed him.

The fact the dems can’t fire at him, may be worth more than swing states or voting blocks.

If those 2 considerations reign, then the only choice is Rubio.


24 posted on 08/07/2012 7:16:34 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: tennmountainman

Aint it true, and he showed so much promise early on.


25 posted on 08/07/2012 7:21:52 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: montag813

I agree that Thune would put people to sleep. On the other
hand Pawlenty and Portman would put folks in a coma.


26 posted on 08/07/2012 7:30:05 PM PDT by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: izzatzo

They all do, until the DC Glitz and want to be liked in the Cocktail party circles, not counting Lobbyist, get a hold of them.


27 posted on 08/07/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman
I was kinda leaning Thune for Prez about a year and a half ago. He apparently was flirting with the idea of running. He's not bad. Though he voted for TARP, which soured me. Kinda of a Pawlenty in the Senate. Not gonna say anything to get everybody all stirred up.

He would be ok I guess. I don't see any grand advantage of picking him though. While I think SD would get another R senator, if you are going to go white bread, Romney should just go with Pawlenty. Keep Thune in the Senate, Minnesota is bigger and may Pawlenty may help in MN, IA, and WI.

28 posted on 08/07/2012 7:37:33 PM PDT by Pappy Smear (Support the presidency, end the policies.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Didn’t say she was.


29 posted on 08/07/2012 7:43:34 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

My misunderstanding.

:D


30 posted on 08/07/2012 7:49:08 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Romney is stuck at dead center. This might move the poll needle: I think that Romney should SEAL his Federal and State Tax Records when he announces who his Veep will be.

That would give The Media a double surprise with maximum Media audience.


31 posted on 08/07/2012 7:52:50 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Clintonfatigued

Romney’s got to choose someone Thuner or later.


32 posted on 08/07/2012 7:56:49 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Clintonfatigued

Thune is a big squish. He was the perfect Bush Republican and he will make a perfect Romney Republican, whether he is picked to run with the most liberal governor in history or not.


33 posted on 08/07/2012 8:06:07 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day conservatives stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

Romney-Thune doesn’t sound (literally) like a winning ticket to me.


34 posted on 08/07/2012 8:10:16 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: q_an_a

“Outside of Chaney or GHW Bush - name two vp before Klinton.”

Lessee - from memory *, Truman, **, Nixon, Johnson, Humphrey, Agnew, Ford, Rockefeller, Mondale, then we get to GHW Bush.

I’m forgetting two names thatour kids just studied for the 4th of July and will have to look them up. Here they are:

* Henry Wallace - 2nd term VP under FDR was too far left for Roosevelt’s 3rd run and had pro-Soviet leanings which he later repudiated

**Alben Barkley - his grandson coined the term VEEP. Returned to Senate after truman’s term, and died while giving a speech....


35 posted on 08/07/2012 8:10:47 PM PDT by Tirian
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To: Tirian

Quayle


36 posted on 08/07/2012 8:15:24 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: montag813

That was to easy, was going to say same thing, as probably hundreds of others as well, you beat us to the punch...good on you


37 posted on 08/07/2012 8:15:42 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj
The Romney campaign has been diligent in stroking egos all around by selectively leaking supposed possible VP picks.

Thune will not be picked but he would pout if he wasn't mentioned at all.

Condi was never going to be picked but they needed her to prove they seriously considered a woman.

At least that's my read. Hard to understand Mitt sometimes.

38 posted on 08/07/2012 8:20:19 PM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: Clintonfatigued

Picking Thune would make me wonder what is wrong with Romney that he can’t get somebody who is well-known, from a state with a lot of electoral votes, to run with him? It would be like he had been turned down over and over until he finally got a date for the prom.


39 posted on 08/07/2012 8:21:29 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: newzjunkey

Romney-Thune doesn?t sound (literally) like a winning ticket to me.

___________________________

That’s what I said about Obana-Biden.
:>(


40 posted on 08/07/2012 8:24:02 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: q_an_a

Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Spiro Agnew and Gerald Ford. Ha! I named four.


41 posted on 08/07/2012 8:27:22 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Does anyone else suspect that Romney is doing everything he can to avoid picking a Tea Party candidate who can help him win?

It is so obvious to us, it must be to them, as well.


42 posted on 08/07/2012 8:32:26 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Covenantor

Allen West would be the wise choice and for the following reasons:

1) He’s a REP from FLORiDUH - a huge swing state for the election.

2) He’s a bright, smart, conservative and he articulates the right views very well.

3) He’s a MILITARY man.

4) He would give the African American community an alternative to Obummer - yes, I know its the VEEP position, but still on the ticket no less...


43 posted on 08/07/2012 8:35:09 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Clintonfatigued

I disagree. No upside to picking Thune.


44 posted on 08/07/2012 8:35:53 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Signalman

Portman? Might as well pick a cigar store Indian. Same personality.


45 posted on 08/07/2012 8:37:17 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun
Thune is "acceptable" on paper, but if he's Romney's pick I'll probably end up voting for Virgil Goode. I live in Illinois so my vote doesn't matter anyway and I'm simply not going to reward that jack@$$ Thune after he stabbed Bolton in the back.

On the plus side, from reading the comments on this thread, it looks like freepers are FINALLY starting to sour on empty-suit pretty boy Thune (took them long enough), or at least his fan club hasn't discovered this thread yet. I got really tired of them telling us how he deserves a promotion because he beat a Democrat 8 years ago and looks physically attractive.

Gotta love how Thune's fan club (and conversely, the Chris Christie haters) break their OWN rules about how "RINOs are acceptable in BLUE states... we should focus on making sure our Republicans in RED states are loyal, solid conservatives... blah blah blah"

46 posted on 08/07/2012 8:44:50 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Sivad

Now that’s worth repeating!


47 posted on 08/07/2012 8:47:42 PM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: Clintonfatigued
>> He’s competent <<

If you mean by go-along, get-along, I suppose so.

>> affable <<

As long as he's fed his daily diet of pork. Take away his precious pork and he'd drive over his own mother to get the upper hand.

>> and an asset in some key Midwestern states, especially Iowa. <<

I disagree. I don't think his presence on the ticket affects a single electoral vote. I really don't think the midwest is the kind of area inclined to vote as a bloc for someone because he's from their region. If he's a "favorite son" running in his "home state", then yes (not that this will matter in South Dakota), but I don't think Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, etc. give a cr@p that a guy from South Dakota is on the ticket or not.

48 posted on 08/07/2012 8:52:54 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just kill me now.


49 posted on 08/07/2012 9:00:20 PM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: G Larry

As for me, if Rubio, Jindal, or any other person with similar heritage factors is selected all the case/arguments against Obama’s eligibility gets thrown under the buss or out the window. Surly there are choices that avoid such a folly. Lt. Col. West is such a choice for me.


50 posted on 08/07/2012 9:00:33 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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