Senator Launches Bid To Replace McConnell

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( – On Monday, Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) launched his bid to replace Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who has already announced that he would be stepping down from his leadership position in the party. 

This has resulted in several people joining the race to get his job. Thune officially announced that he would be trying to get the position of leadership to a couple of South Dakota media outlets. In them, he had argued that he was going to be leading a “reset” for how the Senate should be conducting business. The No.2 Senate Republican has also been looking at the possibility of running for the No. 1 position following the announcement by McConnell that in November he was going to be stepping down from the party’s leadership. 

Thune told Sioux Falls, S.D.-based KELO-TV that he was hoping that he could become the party’s leader and that he would be doing everything in his power in order to convince his colleagues that he was the perfect option. He argued that they were the ones who were the voters in this case and as such the ones who would ultimately be called to make the decision. He added that he was prepared to lead the effort of Senate Republicans that would be standing up against Sen. Schumer and the liberal agenda of the Democrats including President Joe Biden. 

In a different statement to Dakota News Now Thune had argued that he was hoping to be able to make a difference and to help the Democrats end their time as the minority party in the Senate. He added that when he had run for reelection in 2022 he had been looking at gaining that leadership position. As he pointed out the party was ready for a new generation of conservative leaders. 

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