(CNN) – John Bolton, the controversial former United Nations Ambassador under President George W. Bush, is suggesting he may consider a run for the presidency in an effort to highlight national security issues.
In an interview with the conservative website The Daily Caller published Monday, Bolton – who himself has never sought federal office and is not considered to be among the long list of Republicans considering a 2012 bid – wouldn't explicitly rule out a presidential run.
"In the sense that I want to make sure that not only in the Republican Party, but in the body politic as a whole, people are aware of threats that remain to the United States," he said when asked if he would consider a run. "You know, as somebody who writes Op-Eds and appears on the television, I appreciate as well as anybody that… there is a limit to what that accomplishes. Whereas, some governor from some state in the middle of the country announces for president they get enormous coverage even if their views are utterly uninformed on major issues."
Currently a Fox News commentator and senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Bolton was appointed to U.N. Ambassador in August 2005 in a recess appointment. Bolton, who once quipped, "There are 38 floors to the UN building in New York - if you lost 10 of them, it wouldn't make a bit of difference," resigned in December of 2006 when it was clear the Senate - set to become Democratically-controlled in 2007 - was not going to confirm him.
"I'm obviously not a politician I've never run for any federal elective office at all and, you know, it is something that would obviously require a great deal of effort," Bolton also told the Daily Caller. "What I do think, though, and what concerns me, is the lack of focus generally in the national debate about national security issues. Now, I understand the economy is in a ditch and people are concerned about it, but our adversaries overseas are not going to wait for us to get our economic house in order."