Thune says he’s open to running for VP in 2012On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” South Dakota's junior senator said he would consider the No. 2 slot on the 2012 Republican ticket.
By: Tom Lawrence, The Daily Republic
Sen. John Thune once again left the vice presidential door open Sunday morning.
Thune, R-S.D., said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would consider the No. 2 slot on the 2012 Republican ticket.
“I don’t think you rule any options out in politics,” Thune said in response to a question from host David Gregory.
“When you’re in this you want to serve your country and put your skill set to its highest and best use,” Thune said.
The South Dakota senator, who was unchallenged for a second term last fall, had mulled a race for the presidency but dropped out in February. Thune told Gregory he has not changed his mind on that and is not planning to run.
“I’m not,” he said. “I made that decision and I am comfortable with it.”
Thune, 50, said he was paying more attention to the ongoing debate over raising the country’s debt limit than on the 2012 campaign.
“I’m certainly focused today on what we’re doing in the United States Senate, which today is to get a deal to avert a crisis for our country,” he told Gregory.
Thune declined to elaborate on his answers on the 2012 campaign when asked by The Daily Republic but said he was hopeful an agreement on debt limit would be made.