Thune: I'm Not Running for President

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Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 06:18 AM

By Elliot Jager

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South Dakota Sen. John Thune has ruled out a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, The Huffington Post reported.

"I am not running for president. But I know a lot of my colleagues are and I think that you probably have to, if you're going to get serious about it, get going pretty quickly," he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday.

Thune's name was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012 and later as Mitt Romney's potential running mate. He did not pursue the nomination saying that he liked his Senate job. "I don't think you ever close the doors entirely, if you're interested in public life and making a difference," he said at the time.

In response to Hewitt's comment that Thune was well-liked in the Republican Party and might do well if the party had an open convention, the senator said, "You always have your detractors in politics and there are people out there who are not fans. But you try hard in your public life to do the right things and hopefully, in most cases, that's something that the majority of the people support."

Thune was elected unopposed to his second Senate term in 2010.

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