Sen. John Thune tells The Brody File that if he runs for President in 2012, he “will have the passion.“ Thune’s critics say that while he has a lot of positive attributes, they question his passion to run for President. They wonder about his “fire in the belly”
I ask him that “passion question” in my exclusive sit-down interview with him.
The Brody File spent the whole day with Senator Thune up on Capitol Hill this past Tuesday. The Brody File received exclusive access into certain meetings Thune was holding that day. All of that will be part of a feature airing on The 700 Club in a few weeks,
Watch the clip below. The transcription is provided as well.
Mandatory courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File
David Brody: I know you’ve read these articles, “Oh, well, I don’t know if he has the passion to do it.” Things like that. You have a good situation here in the Senate. When people think that you might not have the passion to be President, what do you say to those people?
Sen. John Thune: Believe me, if I decide to move forward, I will have the passion. I’m always amused by some of these things because I’m kind of Midwestern and maybe a little bit understated relative to some of the more bombastic characters around here.
But in the end, if you look at my public life at least, the first time I ran for office, I ran in a Republican primary against the establishment favorite, sitting Lt. Governor, and six weeks before the primary election, I was 54 points behind. And when I ran for the Senate, that was a hard-hitting, bare knuckles campaign. I came back two years later, and ran against the sitting Democratic leader in the Senate.
And so, if I focus on this, we will be all in. But the question that I have to come to grips with right now is can I get to that point where I’m all in? You have to be 100 percent there. I don’t think you can go into this. I don’t think you can be 90 percent, I think you have to be totally committed to it.