August 30th, 2010
10:12 AM ET
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2012 Watch: Bolton considering a presidential run?

 John Bolton is suggesting he may consider a run for the presidency in an effort to highlight national security issues.

John Bolton is suggesting he may consider a run for the presidency in an effort to highlight national security issues.

(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."

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  1. felicia

    Well, that's a big slap in the face cnn.

    August 30, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. johnrj08

    This guy was part of the cabal that determined that Sarah Palin should be John McCain's running-mate. He has a worse temper than McCain and should probably walk around with a pillow case on his head.

    August 30, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. nate

    Not this idiot again.

    August 30, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. CommonSense

    It's funny how Republicans always want to bring up the national security topic when things seem to running fine! This administration has things under control, which I guess the republicans can't handle that fact....The fear games & lies of the Bush years are no more!!!

    August 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Is there any rethug who doesn't think he/she could be president? All we need is for the #2 bimbo from MN and orange man boner to join this list of first class losers.
    What a world we live in. The rethugs have yet to come up with a candidate that can beat an eighteen year old for class president of their high school!

    August 30, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. G4

    He's a smart guy but comes off as a grumpy man sometimes. He has lots of foreign relations experience but economic experience.....I guess he can't do any worse with the economy that President Obama has.....

    I think Mitt Romney is the best choice, a moderate Republican with a strong business background. Go Mitt!

    August 30, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Nick San Diego

    This warmongering piece of work from the previous administration, along with Chaney,Bush,Rumsfeld ect should be in jail . All they see is war,war war. .That group has been around since Bush 1 promoting fear and discord. Just go away PLEASE

    August 30, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |

    god save the world if mr bolton decides to run for the presidency,pentagons budge will probably increase by 200 percent and god knows how many unnessary wars will be engaed by us against others.he should stay out of politics for the sake of humanity.

    August 30, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. mike

    OMG, this clown is still around??

    August 30, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. charlie from the North

    Go ahead punk. Make my day. I don't usually quote George W Bush, but:

    "Bring it on"

    August 30, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Gracie

    Who is this clown? Seriously, WHY is this even news CNN?

    August 30, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. g

    just what america needs more war,

    August 30, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Observer

    I can't wait for this one, it will be fun. What a hot head!

    August 30, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Steve, New York City

    If the constitution gets altered, such that the US President's primary job is to bomb Muslim countries and beat up on old ladies, then Bolton is highly likely to be the next president.

    August 30, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Tim from Tampa

    Palin/Bolton 2012 !!!! The dream ticket!!!

    August 30, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Rich

    Oh Pleeezze. If he does run, his candidancy will be Dead On Arrival. He is too divisive a figure. The world needs unity right now, not some warmonger to create more divisions.

    August 30, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. lovable liberal

    This guy does have the required ego to run for President, though he lurches well into arrogance and vanity. But everyone else at Fox is running, so maybe he should give it a try. It could be fun to watch him go down in flames. *Michael* Bolton would have a better chance.

    August 30, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. HypocriCNNation!

    I'd Love To See This Arrogant Fool John Bolton Run For President, Because I'd Like To See How Fast His Campaign (Pipe Dream) Will Disintegrate!

    August 30, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Canuck

    John Bolton has shown himself to be a xenophobic, war-mongering bigot. It's too bad people like him are allowed to rise to power – he would be an absolute disaster (for America and the world) as President.

    August 30, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Liberals are poison

    A true conservative who has the best interests of the US at heart. Somebody that understands that you can only have economic security
    when you have national security. He was part of the State Department's arms-control negotiating team and constantly warned us about N. Korea's counterfeiting schemes and illicit weapons proliferation. The libs didn't like his blunt honest talk when he mentioned how useless the UN is. The libs are afraid that speaking the truth might hurt someone's feelings. That's why liberals are poison.

    August 30, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Ken in NC

    Like the Immortal Jerry Clower would say, "Run Johnnnnnnnnn Run". You and Half Gov. Sarah Palin would make a good team.

    August 30, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bolton is right, there are governors and others are so uninformed and are responsible for the misinformation that's fed to voters. Take for instance the subject of jobs, there are so many politicians talking about the lack of yet not one can show proof of one job he or she has developed for the unemployed. You'd think they would show proof but they don't have to because Americans aren't making any demands of them. If they want your vote, let them show you what they've done to develop jobs until then they don't deserve your vote whether they are Democrat or Republican. THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE.

    August 30, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Dennis

    Good God, the world is coming to an end. The Republican Party just gets stupider and stupider.

    August 30, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Jay

    Just what we don't need is a paranoid fool starting wars around the world. The world ending in 2012 is a certainty if this war mongering/fear tactics using idiot wins the Presidency.

    August 30, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Marcus

    Conservative cartoonists painted Bolton's appointment as the man who was going to 'save' the UN's reputation and meaning (back then in the middle of a huge corruption scandal), even if the UN didn't wanted it. It did not take more than a month for him to show his true colors and let's just says that for the USA's foreign relationships he became the 'example NOT to be followed', ever.
    Diplomacy is not bullyism, something that he has not learned yet as it looks like.

    August 30, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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