Sunday, August 01, 2010

DNC Exec Has 'Nightmares' About John Thune in 2012

John Thune may turn out to be just what we're looking for in a candidate, but I'm very wary of any potential Republican candidate who is named by Democrat operatives that they're "scared" of. I wouldn't doubt for a minute they have something on him that they'll hold until the 11th hour and then spring it on him.
Why do we need democrats vetting Republican candidates anyway?
Then again Palin/Thune has a nice ring to it.

DNC Exec Has 'Nightmares' About John Thune in 2012

Democratic National Committee Executive Director Jennifer O'Malley Dillon says that among the field of potential Republican candidates for president in 2012, there is one who truly scares her: South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

Thune served in the U.S. House from 1997 to 2003 and ran against Sen. Tim Johnson in 2002, losing by just 524 votes. Then in 2004, he defeated powerful Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, becoming a Republican Party favorite as the first candidate to beat a sitting Senate leader in more than half a century.

"This is personal but John Thune is somebody that I have nightmares about," Dillon said during a July 23 panel discussion.

"I've worked for Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle and he is just a guy you can't ever count out. He has his head down and is doing some policy stuff. [You] just got to start looking at him."

The Insider Report first pointed to Thune's strengths as a possible White House candidate in January, quoting Republican lobbyist Jeff Kimbell: "Thune's message of focused fiscal restraint, coupled with aggressive small-business incentives to drive growth, will resonate extremely well with the GOP base and independents as well as Democrats."

As a senator, Thune has been sharply critical of excessive spending by the Democrats.

The American Conservative Union gave him a perfect rating of 100 in 2006.

The Huffington Post observed: "It would be curious to see what the chatter of Thune as the dark horse of the Republican field does for both his standing within the party and his own internal deliberations about his political future."



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