Saturday, December 12, 2009
Senator John Thune - Dark Horse in 2012?
Senator Thune, up for re-election in 2010, has $5.5 million in the bank and there appears to be a small but growing "draft Thune"movement taking form.
In researching Senator Thune on some key important issues he appears to have conservative bonafides with the ability to exercise reason and judgement.
His formal education is in business having received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. Something that would serve him well should he choose to run. Perhaps a leader with a business education, rather than that of an attorney, would actually look at issues and spending from a cost benefit analysis and return on the taxpayers dollar. Run the government like a business and get the biggest bang for the taxpayers buck. Perhaps with a formal business education he might just realize that for the country to remain solvent it must balance it's checkbook, and soon.
The following excerpts are taken from the Senator's website and are shortened and paraphrased:
Fiscal Responsibility - Senator Thune believes that Congress should enact budget reform that effectively would force fiscal discipline. He supports a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government balance it's budget each and every year.
Taxes - The Senator has consistently supported tax relief legislation that would make the tax code simpler and fairer. He believes that Congress should act to make the 2001 and 2003 reduction in the marginal tax rates for families and small businesses, increase in the child tax credit, and repeal of the unfair death tax permanent. These are set to expire at the end of 2010 unless Congress acts to make them permanent.
Energy - Senator Thune supports the use of E-85 ethanol, increasing our domestic refining capacity, expanding offshore oil and gas drilling, and opening a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for environmentally responsible oil and gas exploration. He believes it critical that Congress acts to lower gas prices for all Americans and sees the preceding as part of the solution. He also believes we should pursue clean sources of energy.
Education - Senator Thune believes in the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act`and views the act as refocusing our country on increased accountability and achievement in elementary and secondary schools. The Senator believes the law needs to be strengthened and improved for future generations.
Health Care - Senator Thune believes we have reached the need for comprehensive, bi-partisan health care reform to improve competition in the private market, make health care insurance more portable instead of tied to employment, and to allow greater choices for individuals and families.
No one likes everything about a politicians positions if they are honest with themselves. And Senator Thune is not even talking about a possible run at this point. But there are slight indications of that possibility. So it seems to make sense to start early and educate oneself on the position statements made by, and the records of potential candidates.
Senator Thune is to conservative for some, and to moderate for others. However, in my brief research of this gentleman it appears he is level headed and interested in doing the right things. Should he choose to run and wage that uphill battle he may just be the right man for the Republican Party at the right time.x
The more I consider the possibilities the more intriguing a Thune /Romney or a Romney /Thune ticket sounds. To find out more on Senator John Thune visit his website here.
Via: Politics Daily