Top GOP strategists prefer Thune for VP

Assuming Romney wins the nomination (and I’m still not convinced he will) a Washington Whispers survey asked top Republican strategists to vote on who they think Romney should consider as potential running mates if he is elected.

Below is the list of most-favored Romney running mates from the strategists Whispers polled.

  • First place: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Secretary of State Condi Rice, South Dakota Sen. John Thune.
  • Second: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
  • Third: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
  • Fourth: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
  • Fifth: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

It would really shake up the political dynamics of South Dakota politics if Senator Thune was chosen as Vice President on a winning campaign. However, I’m not sure South Dakotans are eager to give him up so easily. Who would Daugaard ask to fill the vacancy?

6 Replies to “Top GOP strategists prefer Thune for VP”

  1. Anonymous

    I don’t want Thune to be Veep. He serves our state well and would be missed.

    Daugaard would appoint Rounds. Rounds is the strongest possible candidate if Thune left.

    If he appointed Noem (because she’s in the house) we would need to hold another convention where only county chairs and committeemen and women could vote like we did after Janklow’s accident. It would get messy with 5-8 Republicans all jockeying for the nomination. Lederman, Dusty, Olson, Krebs, Peters, Rave, Nelson, Howie, Hubbel, Haggar, Lust, Gosch, Jarrod, people would come out of the wood work to run at a mini convention and it would be crazy. Fun but crazy!

    I think it has to be Rounds.

  2. caheidelberger

    Yes, Rounds. Logical choice. But I’m still thinking Thune doesn’t want the slot. Romney’s rolodex is the most important asset he wants to access. He can get that by endorsing and campaigning without having to engage in the fult-tilt pounding of running for VP. He can focus on consolidating his power in the Senate. And then, armed with Romney’s rolodex, he’s free to run for President in 2016.

    Then again, unseating Obama is a 50-50 gamble. Would Thune take it by running for VP?

  3. Really?

    People may think JT would make an excellent VP choice, but it is unlikely to happen. This is going to be a tough presidential election. Whomever the GOP candidate is, they are going to need someone who can bring more votes to the table than SDs 3 electoral votes which will go Republican anyway.

  4. troy jones

    My personal hope is the President will pick his VP centered on two priorities:

    1) Who will most help him govern. This is a personal choice based on interpersonal dynamics. My suspicion is Senator Thune passes this test well in general but only Romney/Thune know this on the intimate basis.

    2) Who is would be a great President in the event of a tragedy. Here I believe Thune would be superb.

    With regard to bringing votes, Lieberman almost made President Gore a reality and Kemp didn’t do squat for Bob Dole. “Vote-getting” VP candidates have mixed results. Mondale, Biden, Bush Sr. & Cheney had positive influence on governing. Much less of a mixed bag.


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