Bill Kristol said Monday that Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (R-S.D.) is reconsidering his decision not to run for president in 2012.

Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard and a major player in the GOP, said Thune is "rethinking a bit" about launching a White House bid.

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Pressed on the matter by C-SPAN host Steve Scully on the network's "Washington Journal" program, Kristol responded, "That's what I've been told."

The Weekly Standard ran an extensive profile of Thune last fall. Thune subsequently announced he would not run for president in 2012.

A Thune spokesman says that the senator "remains focused on his work in the Senate."

Kristol said he does not expect the Republican presidential field to be set until this November. He later said his preferred ticket is Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.), with Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE (R-Fla.) as his running mate.

Ryan and Rubio have said they are not running for the White House.


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