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Is Sen. John Thune actually handsome or are people just saying that?

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Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A report in The Hill today says Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has "acknowledged he’s been to Boston to meet Romney’s senior advisers and has met Beth Myers, who is leading the search for the vice presidential nominee."

So, maybe he'll be Mitt Romney's running mate. But a more pressing matter is the question of how handsome Thune is. Following The Hill's story, New York magazine said "if Romney picks Thune... he'll have created one damn good-looking ticket."

Numerous articles on Thune have taken note of his looks. "The first thing everybody knows about him is that he is tall (6 feet 4 inches), tanned (in a prairie, sun-chapped sort of way) and handsome," wrote the New York Times' David Brooks in 2009. Writing in Politics Daily, Matt Lewis, who now blogs for The Daily Caller, said Thune has "a handsome face." Last year, MSNBC producer Steve Benen wrote in the Washington Monthly that Thune's "most notable accomplishment appears to be an ability to impress people with his handsomeness."

I'm not seeing it. He's no dog by any means but Thune's alleged "handsomeness" is lost on me. It's not the first thing I notice and I probably wouldn't describe him as good looking if someone asked.

That's just me. What do you, the good people of America, think about it? Are people just saying Thune is handsome or is he actually attractive? Take the poll below. We'll run the verdict tomorrow.

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