Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks to National Review about the possibility of Senator John Thune (R-SD) running for president in 2012.
“I think he has an unlimited potential,” Graham says. “He’s the world’s nicest guy, he’s smart. He’d be an excellent candidate, from our point of view. If you know John, you know he’s really a good, solid man — a true-blue conservative, but he’s a consensus builder. I’m real high on John Thune.”
“Beating President Obama is not going to be an easy task,” Graham continues. “It’s about the independent voter at the end of the day. You’ve got to have somebody that our base feels comfortable with, but who can broaden the party’s appeal. I think John Thune is a guy that could strike most Americans as a decent, Midwestern kind of fellow. That’s what I’m looking for: electability. I’m looking for the most conservative person who’s electable.”
Meanwhile, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) gave Thune the all-important height endorsement.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) agrees. “[Thune] is, in my opinion, more articulate than our president, he’s taller than our president, and he’s the same age as our president. He has a great profile.”