"I will say this: If we do not govern according to our principles and if we don't follow through on the things we say we're going to do, I think there will be a third party in this country," he said on C-Span's "Newsmakers" program.
"If we don't govern accordingly, I think you're going to see a third party in this country," he said in the taped television interview reported by The Hill
Thune said the Tea Party could be the foundation of a third party, as the group, he said, did not want to align themselves directly with the GOP.
"I don't think the Tea Party wants to be adopted. I think they view themselves as a very independent movement," he said.
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