Sen. John Thune (R-SD) on Thursday told elementary school students in his home state of South Dakota that he has no plans to run for president, KELOLAND-TV reported.
Thune, who is often pegged as a dark horse 2016 presidential contender, was answering questions from second grade students at an elementary school in Sioux Falls, S.D. when the topic turned to a potential White House bid.
"Do I plan on running for President?" Thune, who defeated former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) in 2004, said to the youngsters. "I don't. I enjoy the job I have. And being the President is a very, very hard job."