South Dakota Senator John Thune
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Mitt Romney scores Senator Thune's support

Republican candidate Mitt Romney has secured the support of a highly respected senator ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

John Thune, a two-term senator from South Dakota, said Mr Romney should secure a strong result in Iowa.

Senator Thune said he believed enthusiasm for Mr Romney would grow as the campaign went on, explaining:

"At some point this is going to be a choice between a Republican nominee and President Obama... Voters who are serious about winning this election and defeating Barack Obama - I believe the clear choice is Governor Romney if we're going to do that."

  • 03 Jan 2012