Quote of the day & video of Senator Thune endorsing Romney

Former Governor Romney and Senator Thune speak:

Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he asked his political advisers a year ago whom they thought could be his toughest opponent in gaining the Republican nomination for president.

?The number one answer was about some senator from South Dakota that I?d never met ? and he?s here with me today,? Romney said, looking over at Sen. John Thune. ?I?m so lucky he didn?t run, and I?m so glad he?s willing to be with me today.?

Discussion of endorsement:

28 Replies to “Quote of the day & video of Senator Thune endorsing Romney”

  1. J Rae

    Wow, John endorses a moderate who paved the way for Obamacare and Newt goes soft on immigration just as he was getting past his marital history, support of Cap and Trade, position on global warming and his lecturing on the importance of health care mandates.

    Guessing the base and the Tea Party aren’t very happy right now.

    So does this re-launch Perry or Bachmann? Is this the window of opportunity that Santorum needed to get any kind of relevance? Does Cain move back to the head of the class?

    Or will they add a line to the ballot for “Undecided” and sort it out at the convention?

    Should be fun to watch.

    1. Arrowhead

      Cain is done because he lacks the depth to be the nominee, Bachmann is done because she doesn’t yet have the qualifications, Santorum isn’t going anywhere, Huntsman isn’t going anywhere because he gives the impression he is talking down to the voters, Rick Perry is done because he just isn’t what we want. We have 3 choices. Gingrich, Romney or Paul.

      If we split the vote up then Romney will win. If we go the Paul Route in Iowa then Romney will win. If we go the Gingrich route in Iowa then Gingrich will win.

      Gingrich is the only alternative to Romney we have left and I’ve been torn for a couple weeks now between these 2 people.

  2. caheidelberger

    Thune’s endorsement relaunches nobody. It benefits nobody but Romney. It gives a little gravy to the radical shouters who think everyone but themselves is a RINO, but those folks are already in someone else’s camp. For every four cranky anti-establishment voter whom this endorsement spins off to four different alternatives, Thune brings four on-the-fence primary voters all into line behind Romney, “Golly, John Thune is a reasonable fellow. We better quit screwing around with these nutcases, do what John says, and all get behind someone who can beat Obama.”

    Prediction: Romney tops 40% in Iowa, locks up nomination by beginning of February. The Establishment is revving up and will not allow Tea Partiers to Angle-O’Donnell the Presidential nomination.

    1. superman

      Sounds like your conclusion is Thune will deliver Iowa for Romney?

      (I’ve wonder what Iowan’s thought of a South Dakota senator endorsing someone in their state like he is one of their own though)

      I’m a huge Thune supporter but wish the endorsement had come in SF and then flown to Iowa.

        1. William

          An attempt to “herd cats”… If they choose to throw their support behind a “single digit” challenger, they lose their credibility and influence, and their two most important issues (the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, and abortion) are two issues that the POTUS has little effective role in, outside of the “bully pulpit.”

  3. Anonymous

    This is really too bad. Romney and Thune should not have been taking shots at Gingrich over immigration. As with every other issue, Romney has been on the other side of the immigration question. I have come to the conclusion that Romney is the GOP equivalent of Bill Clinton. Slick Romney (Willie).

    I don’t agree with Gingrich on this issue, but we need the nation’s “A” game to get us out of this economic and dangerous international mess. America’s future depends on it!

    Gingrich is smart and willing to make the RIGHT decision, not the popular one. Romney is unprincipled, and unfortunately, John has demonstrated he is now part of the GOP establishment. Too bad!

  4. 73*

    Guaranteed that Noem would not have won in SD without Thune’s endorsement and hard work to get her over the hump at the end.

    Thune is one of a few people’s endorsement I would want. He’s a class act and I wish he was the one being endorsed by Romney!

  5. Yankton voter

    Romney should have been endorsing Thune! Maybe if we’re lucky Thune will get the VP choice. Thune, McDonnell or Rubio are my prefferences.

  6. William

    I’m not surprised and would actually be surprised if it were any other candidate. Currently John is the 4th ranking member of the GOP in the Senate and pretty much a “shoe-in” for #3 (Conference Chairman) in the next session of Congress. InTrade has Romney far in the lead for the GOP nominee (64.2% vs next closest challenger (Gingrich) at 16.4%).

    The reality is, John Thune IS a major part of the GOP Establishment. Not necessarily a BAD thing for South Dakota, and certainly more accessible to us than anyone we’ve had in office before. Conservatives had NO access to Daschle when he was the Democratic Senate Majority Leader.

    IF Romney actually becomes POTUS, I would hope John would be someone that would actually help keep Romney pointed in a Conservative direction. He would almost certainly be someone Romney would consider for the VP slot.

    John Thune has consistently been ranked as one of the most conservative Senators currently in office – The American Conservative Union gave Senator Thune a rating of 100 in 2006,[22] and again in 2010; as of 2010, Thune’s lifetime ACU rating was 88.97.

    That’s about as good as we can get.

    1. Anonymous

      Good points William. But thune has a tendency to vote wrong on major issues. McCain fiengold, school choice, gang of ten energy, tarp, ethanol, and I could keep going.

  7. Anonymous

    Yesterday, Romney stated that his ad as false and that it was tit-for-tat for falsehoods of Obama. Romney pivots at every opportunity. Pivoting will create problems for governing immediately and make it impossible for the US to rise out of this morass. It is time for America to have a transformational leader. We need action and a clear vision for the future–with no question about if the president means it. Our enemies need to comprehend they are dealing with someone who means what he says. Plus, if people think both Romney and Obama are just telling them what they want to hear, what is the justification for replacing one equivicator for another. The GOP loses in this senario.

  8. stupid committee

    Uh… no I don’t support Romney. I like thune a lot. Cool on noem though. Something about her I don’t trust. I see her going in the wrong direction if leadership calls. Anyone can stand up to the other party but how much do they stand up to their own? Noem = never.

  9. Bruce Whalen

    Presidential Candidate Romney, according to his political advisers, set Senator Thune as the standard bearer of opposition in the way of Romney gaining the GOP Nomination. Yet as of “a year ago” Romney “never met” Thune. Romney feels “lucky” that “some senator from South Dakota” didn’t run against him. If Thune is the Romney campaign standard for opposition in gaining the GOP nomination or now more presumably gaining conservative support it begs the question, what circle did Romney run in prior to meeting Thune?

    Candidate John Thune is the giant killer in defeating Senate Majority Leader Daschle and established history in doing so. This endorsement made my jaw drop yet John said it didn’t mean much. So I look at one empty hand and weigh it against the other. For conservatives John’s endorsement doesn’t move Romney to the right so it really doesn’t mean much. In any case I am voting for any Republican Nominee over Obama.

    So this endorsement makes me consider that John’s name moved up the short list of Romney’s VP pick. We are all likely thinking the same thing here.

  10. Anonymous

    The only way you get to see Johnny is if you give $10,000.00 or more. Never see him stand in line at a airport, never see him set in the cramped seats. Johnny boy will not talk to the average person. Johnny boy is a dud………………..

  11. New Hampshire Editorial

    This newspaper endorses Newt Gingrich in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.

    America is at a crucial crossroads. It is not going to be enough to merely replace Barack Obama next year. We are in critical need of the innovative, forward-looking strategy and positive leadership that Gingrich has shown he is capable of providing.

    He did so with the Contract with America. He did it in bringing in the first Republican House in 40 years and by forging balanced budgets and even a surplus despite the political challenge of dealing with a Democratic President. A lot of candidates say they’re going to improve Washington. Newt Gingrich has actually done that, and in this race he offers the best shot of doing it again.

    We sympathize with the many people we have heard from, both here and across the country, who remain unsure of their choice this close to the primary. It is understandable. Our nation is in peril, yet much of the attention has been focused on fluff, silliness and each candidate’s minor miscues.

    Truth be known, many in the liberal media are belittling the Republican candidates because they don’t want any of them to be taken as a serious challenger to their man, Obama.

    Readers of the Union Leader and Sunday News know that we don’t back candidates based on popularity polls or big-shot backers. We look for conservatives of courage and conviction who are independent-minded, grounded in their core beliefs about this nation and its people, and best equipped for the job.

    We don’t have to agree with them on every issue. We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear.

    Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. But Republican primary voters too often make the mistake of preferring an unattainable ideal to the best candidate who is actually running. In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich. He has the experience, the leadership qualities and the vision to lead this country in these trying times. He is worthy of your support on January 10.

  12. Anonymous

    Anything Newt would do is better than having Johnny boy. Do not agree with Newt but at least he gives a thinking “process”. Success is a function of forward thinking not backward looking. Johnny is a non looker or will never make a commitment. He is more interested in winning than doing what is right for the USA…. A outstanding Senator is one who will say I am doing this for the people of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. Those who do it for the people who give large sums of money for reelections are a JOKE. Where does Johnny, Tim and K fit………..

  13. Duh

    Anon 9:48. Thune not available? You’re either being dishonest, living under a rock or both. I’ve seen Thune at many sporting events, parks, schools, the mall, running, hunting, even in the can. ALL over the state. He is probably one of the most accesssible politicians in the country. You on the other hand need to get therapy. I assume that those ramblings were the product of Moses.

    Kristi is also around. I have seen her as well. She’s been a little busy trying to keep the Prez from torpedoing his own country. These elitist monker attempts when she’s been on the job less than a year are very transparent.

  14. Anonymous

    I will try to get a appointment to talk to Johnny about a couple of items. All I want is a YES or NO answer not a lot of words going no place and making no commitment…… I will call his office to see what they say.