As you may have heard, South Dakota Senator John Thune made the announcement today on his Facebook page that he will not be running for president. KELOLOAND News was the first to break the story online. Several other stories during newscasts followed throughout the day.
At midday, Ben Dunsmoor had a live interview with Thune about his decision. On KELOLAND News at 5, Shawn Neisteadt talked with a political expert about Thune’s choice and Katie Janssen spoke with the most recent South Dakota candidate to run for president in 1980, Republican Larry Pressler. On KELOLAND News at 6, Don Jorgenson asked people for reactions to the decision, Nicole Winters talked to South Dakotan George McGovern (who ran for presidency and lost to Nixon in 1972) and Dunsmoor described in detail John Thune’s reasoning for not running for president.
Tonight on KELOLAND News at 10, Dunsmoor has an even more in-depth look at Thune’s choice and what it means for South Dakota in the Eye On KELOLAND. He interviewed former South Dakota Senator Jim Abdnor for his opinion and Thune himself. Dunsmoor asks what role Thune’s family played in the decision, as well as other factors