Senator John Thune (R-SD) “will travel Saturday to Missouri to give the keynote speech at the state GOP’s annual dinner,” The Hill reports.
Thune is often mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate, but he’s made relatively few maneuvers toward a run as other possible contenders are increasingly jockeying for attention.
Missouri’s primary isn’t in the early 2012 window, but the state’s Republicans are still influential in the nominating process.
"Over the years, Missouri’s Lincoln Days celebration has attracted some of the biggest names in national politics," David Cole, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, said in a statement. "This year, we are excited that Senator John Thune will share his vision of our party’s future with Missouri’s committed Republican volunteers and activists."