Via Andy Barr at the Politico:
Sen. John Thune said Thursday that Sarah Palin’s decision whether or not to run for president will “change the equation” for him and all other potential Republican contenders.
“She is someone who has a tremendous following out there, particularly in some of the early states,” the South Dakota Republican said in an interview with CNN that will air later Thursday.
“This is not a campaign where you start out and you run nationally right away,” Thune said. “It’s all sequence, and you have to get through certain states. She has a big following.”
Thune said that he will make his decision about running sometime early next year, but he conceded that the possibility of a Palin run will be weighing heavily on his choice.