Posts Tagged ‘John Thune’

76 US Senators sign letter to Obama in defense of Israel

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009


WASHINGTON (AFP) – A vast majority of US senators on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to mind the “risks” to Israel in any Middle East peace accord as he presses for a two-state solution to the six-decade conflict.

“As we work closely with our democratic ally, Israel, we must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement,” 76 of the 100 senators wrote Obama in a letter released to reporters.

“Without a doubt, our two governments will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but the United States friendship with Israel requires that we work closely together as we recommit ourselves to our historic role of a trusted friend and active mediator,” they wrote.

Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd and Arlen Specter as well as Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and John Thune were the lead authors of the letter, which came one day after Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Thune running strong

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Pollster: (D) / Research 2000
3/30 – 4/1/09; 600 likely voters, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews

South Dakota

Favorable / Unfavorable
Sen. John Thune (R): 57 / 32
Tom Daschle (D): 50 / 43
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D): 53 / 31
Pres. Barack Obama (D): 47 / 45

2010 Senate – General Election
Thune 53, Daschle 40
Thune 51, Herseth Sandlin 39