Barack Obama did it. So did Joe Biden, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and scores of others. They all ran for the White House while sitting members of the U.S. Senate.
The 2012 presidential campaign, however, may feature for the first time in more than a half-century no U.S. senators.
John Thune had been the only current senator openly considering a run. But he announced on Tuesday that he’s decided instead to stay put.
“At this time, I feel that I am best positioned to fight for America’s future here in the trenches of the United States Senate,” the Republican senator from South Dakota declared in a statement.
Perhaps one reason that no other senator is publicly mulling a White House run is that Congress’s approval rating is at only about 25 percent.