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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), whom many observers thought would seek the GOP nomination for the president in 2012, announced Tuesday that he will not run.

Citing "this period of fiscal crisis and economic uncertainty," Thune wrote on his website that "at this time, I feel that I am best positioned to fight for America's future here in the trenches of the United States Senate."

Thune's decision did not come easily. He noted that he, wife Kimberley and their two daughters "have given a great deal of thought to how we might best serve South Dakota and our nation. That process has involved lots of prayer."

Thune's decision may boost the chances of other potential candidates from the Midwest, such as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
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jpmeville

Obama will win a landslide election in 2012. The republicans don't have a single person who could mount any semblence of a campaign against him. Obama is extremely intelligent, articulate, focused on our future and will go down in history as the first African American President and one of the greatest leaders of our Country EVER. He will be up there with Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt. I am so proud to have lived during his administration and voted for him. I have every intention of voting for him in 2012 regardless of who the republicans run. My friends and family feel the same. Barak is in my corner, not the republicans.

February 23 2011 at 8:59 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
andrewigarcia

Thune supports ethanol subsidies, which is why I don't want him to be president

February 22 2011 at 6:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Ron & Dolores

If thats your only reason, I hope you don't vote

February 22 2011 at 9:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
think!!!

johnny won't run because he isn't big on political suicide. obama is virtually unbeatable in 2012.......why eat cherry chicken dinners and hotel food for 18 months to be a loser anyway. he's just smarter, sooner than the other guys but who really buys his "better positioned in the senate" foolishness?

February 22 2011 at 6:41 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
ideassoul

He is intelligent he knows that he cannot defeated Obama, so far there is nobody there the only one close to him is Romney and most American do not trust a Mormon, if Romney run he is going to lose probably he will get around 40% and President Obama is going to be close to 60%. Palin is not running she does not have the intelligency to be the United States President and as much as she stay talking more mistakes she is going to make, she is becoming a political joke at the same time I like her, she is making million of dollars and using those racist idiots that want to hear what they want to hear. Playing the race card is a good business in this country its does not matter where is coming from, Blacks, Latinos, Jews all are in the same game!

Ideassoul

Ideassoul

February 22 2011 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Who?

February 22 2011 at 6:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Elaine

What short memories...a "populist" President was elected. He was a Washington "outsider". He brought MORE Washington outsiders with him in his Cabinet. They were eaten up and spit out by other Washington insiders. Yet we want history to repeat itself? It was one of the most failed presindencies in US History...go Palin...go to Washington and get eaten up and spit out for breakfast.

February 22 2011 at 5:10 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
jluc972381

Now you know this guy is smart. Who in his right mind would ever want to be President?

February 22 2011 at 5:03 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
bansijeff

Please, please, Republicans, run Sarah Palin for president and say, Rush Limbaugh for vice-president. Let's just see how they would do!

February 22 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Good Judgment or Cowardice? The answer is both, of course. Obama didn't create the problems but nobody wants to take the chance to fail at fixing the mess. Much better to obstruct, demonize, and at least endlessly criticize... Sounds like a good reason to anticipate a re-election of Obama in 2012.

February 22 2011 at 4:38 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Sri David

He did not stand a chance ... it was wise for him to see that and save everyone a lot of money, time, and embarrassment.

February 22 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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