Will Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) run for president in 2012? He didn’t nix the idea in a conversation with NRO. “Right now I’m focused on my re-election to the Senate next year,” said Thune. “We have so much work to do in trying to beat back the expansion of government. That’s my focus in the near term.” But what about the many conservatives who are getting excited about the possibility of Thune’s running for the White House? “I’m glad a lot of Americans around the country are getting engaged in these important debates,” said Thune. “It’s inspiring and encouraging.” (Note the latter word.)
For more about Thune, and his take on the health-care debate, check out our Critical Condition blog.