South Dakota GOP Sen. John Thune has said his "window" for a bid for the White House has come to a close, according to Politico
"I always say there's got to be an opening," for a presidential bid, Thune told Politico. "And there are a lot of people on that track that I would be lumped in, I'm sure, with the 'establishment-type candidates.' Which is never a good thing."
"I'm not doing the things you need to do," he said. "And a lot of other people are."
Last month he gave a similar message that he was keeping the option open, but acknowledged at the time he had not made any plans to pursue a bid.
"You never close the door on anything, you never know what's going to happen. But as of right now, no," he told The Hill
Thune, now chairman of the Commerce Committee and leader of the Senate GOP Conference, gave serious consideration to a bid in 2012, but ultimately realized he didn't have the network for fundraising needed to compete with candidates such as Mitt Romney.
"That might have been the window. You never know," Thune told Politico. "Timing's everything."
Thune has good relationships with colleagues in the House, an asset from his position in the Senate, Politico said.
"It's fair to say he's one of our favorites," House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, told Politico. "He makes it a priority to spend time with House members."
Thune is the highest-ranking Senate Republican facing re-election in 2016 and could be a target of conservatives, Politico said. And in his position as leader of the Conference he has a wide scope of influence.
"Being chairman of the Commerce Committee is like being a mosquito in a nudist colony," Arizona Sen. John McCain told Politico. "Because everything can be interpreted" as being under its jurisdiction.
Thune intends to tackle a number of legislative issues, including updating the telecommunications law, looking at a challenge to the administration's net neutrality policies, and writing new aviation and highway bills, Politico reported.
"There's a lot of stuff you can do," Thune said. "Sometimes you're driven by the urgent need of the moment. And we're trying to be kind of strategic about it and set up things that we want to do."
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