Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the “Daschle slayer” who beat the Senate Democratic leader in 2004, is ramping up plans for a presidential run in 2012, associates say.
Thune, 49, spoke candidly about his plans for a cover story in The Weekly Standard – priceless exposure for an ambitious conservative. Senior editor Stephen F. Hayes writes that Thune “is likely to run for president in 2012.”
“Thune allows that he’s thinking about it seriously enough that he’s gamed out his ‘pathway to get there,’ calculated the amount of money it would take to be competitive in early primaries, and even thought about the timing of an announcement,” Hayes writes in “DAKOTA DREAMING: The Presidential Ambitions of John Thune.”