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.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/john-thune-mitt-romney-vice-president_n_1628428.html