John Thune: Palin’s Decision On 2012 Will Impact Mine
South Dakota Senator John Thune said today that his decision on whether or not to run for President in 2012 will be influenced to some extent by what Sarah Palin does:
Sen. John Thune said Thursday that Sarah Palin’s decision whether or not to run for president will “change the equation” for him and all other potential Republican contenders.
“She is someone who has a tremendous following out there, particularly in some of the early states,” the South Dakota Republican said in an interview with CNN’s “Situation Room” that will air later Thursday.
Thune said that he will make his decision about running sometime early next year, but he conceded that the possibility of a Palin run will be weighing heavily on his choice.
“I think that if she were to get into the race, it would clearly change the equation for a lot of people,” he said.
Many have speculated that 2012 could bring a large Republican field, but if other candidates are thinking the way Thune obviously is, we could see people hesitant to run until they know what Sarah Palin is doing,
Quite honestly, if they do that, they’ve already conceded far more to her than she’s entitled to.
Senator, if you want to run for President, run. Make your case. Don’t let whatever games the former Mayor of Wasilla is playing change your mind. If you do, you’ve already sent a signal that you don’t have the stomach for a fight.