Thune’s “Big Opportunity” – Will He Run?

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Senator John Thune (R-SD) tells ABC News he sees “a big opportunity on the national field” and will soon make a decision on running for President.

“I think these are interesting times and you always want to look at where you can best serve your country best,” Thune told ABC News. “Obviously, there’s a big opportunity on the national field.”

Although he says he hasn’t made “final decision” about running for President, Thune’s says a decision is coming soon.

“It won’t be long,” Thune told ABC News. “We realize that if you’re going to do this, you have to get moving. The clock is ticking.” He’s already getting a boost of sorts from the number one republican in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“He’s a very sharp, capable individual. He’s a good speaker [and has] good leadership qualities which I see on display every week in the Senate. I'm a big John Thune fan,” McConnell said at the inaugural Playbook Breakfast this morning.

ABC News also learned McConnell may be helping Thune out behind the scenes as well. If Thune runs, he may be the only senator – possibly the only member of congress – in the race.

When asked this morning on MSNBC if McConnell would officially endorse Thune, the Minority Leader quipped, “I wouldn’t give him that handicap.”

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