According to a Rapid City Journal article, US Senator John Thune is having difficulty quelling questions of a VP run…. because his opponent is just so darned awful in the face of Thune’s own overwhelming popularity.
On Wednesday, according to several media accounts, Thune told reporters in Washington, D.C., that he hopes House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders who’ve been cold to Trump will unite behind him for the sake of party unity.
In the interview with Cavuto and in other settings, Thune has attempted to deflect running-mate questions by saying he’s busy running for re-election to the Senate. “Busy” might be an overstatement, given that he has an approval rating of 65 percent according to one recent poll, has done very little public campaigning, and has a nearly $12 million edge in campaign cash over his Democratic opponent, Jay Williams.
With an approval rating of 65%, there’s little wonder others are looking to try to capitalize on Senator Thune’s high rankings and take advantage of them on the national stage. (Hint – I’ve known John for a long time. He actually is that nice of a guy.)
And with a nearly $12 Million edge on his opponent Jay Williams, who was the man of last resort to not leave a second race unchallenged, obviously they also look at Thune as being able to maintain his seat in the US Senate.
That’s the problem Thune faces. it’s hard to dispel that kind of talk when your opponent is so flat out awful.