Ever since John Thune defeated then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004, speculation has swirled around the South Dakotan Republican and a potential foray into national politics.
Thune, an early surrogate for Mitt Romney, has been in the conversation for Mitt Romney’s #2 and he doesn’t seem against the idea. When asked about the potential for accepting the position, Thune stated:
I don’t think you ever close the doors entirely, if you’re interested in public life and making a difference,” Thune told reporters, when asked if he’s interested in the slot. “But … I’m not seeking it, I’m not pursuing it, and I like the job I have.”
He declined to say if he has submitted materials to Romney’s camp for being vetted.
“I’m not talking about the process,” Thune said. “It’s ultimately a decision that they have to make. They’ll make a good one, I’m confident of that.
Thune might be playing it coy, but he does have a benefit for Romney. Thune is a Beltway favorite, on the dull side & won’t overshadow him on the ticket. Thune also could use the VP nomination as a stepping-stone for 2016 if the Romney ticket loses. Thune has the reputation of “boring, white guy” and isn’t terribly well-known outside of the political world; but some national exposure could help him.