Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has ruled out a bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
During a Wednesday radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt, Thune threw cold water on speculation he might run.
"I am not running for president," Thune said. "But I know a lot of my colleagues are and I think that you probably have to, if you're going to get serious about it, get going pretty quickly."
Hewitt commended Thune -- and his colleague, Sen. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) -- for likability within the party. "Everyone seems to like you two," Hewitt said.