The Hill rightly characterizes John Thune's talk about a 2012 bid as a "long-winded deflection."

NEIL CAVUTO: Do you think the next Republican nominee for president should be a senator or a governor? A senator is what we've got now. Became the president. Governors argue they have the executive experience, so they're better suited to the job, so I would imagine you would be pro-governor?

THUNE: Well, I'm pro-the-best-person-for-the-job, and frankly, whoever is in the best position to replace the current administration, that's who we ought to get out there. But there are arguments to be made. There are governors who are doing a great job out there of managing their states' fiscal situations, and they have a very strong and compelling narrative, because obviously what's happening here at the federal level is a much bigger example of some of the problems that our states are having, and if you want to see where the states are gonna be in a few years if they don't take steps to get this situation under control, look at the $14.3 trillion debt that the federal government has racked up with no end in sight.

CAVUTO: Okay, so it's not out of the question to think of a senator, let's say, from a state like South Dakota running for president, right?

THUNE: I think states like South Dakota and people who come from South Dakota have reputations for living within their means and have reputations for common-sense and for making the right kinds of decisions on issues like this, Neil.

Thune has promised that he's going to make an announcement by the end of the month, and this makes it seem like he’s going to be a pass.

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