August 30th, 2010
10:12 AM ET
8 years ago

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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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. harold

    Sorry Bolton I can't stand the looks of your silver mustache.. or whatever it is..And of course your bring em on... type GW Bush bravery..

    August 30, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. AmFem

    Oh, my. It just keeps getting better and better for us progressives. So far the misfits of the GOP are the majority of their possible nominees. Now, let's throw Glen Beck into the mix, and we have got a heck of a reality show: "The Real Wingnuts of the Republican Party"

    August 30, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Clwyd

    Bolton is a clown like character and would be so laughable if he ran. I hope he does run as he makes the Party of No look even more ridiculous! Is that possible?

    August 30, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. felicia

    What kind of poll is saying bush respond was better than President Obama's respond. That's bull hockey. I know and you know that's a BALD FACE LIE. There is no comparison now all of a sudden you people want the man man who has brought America to it's knees to came back. That is pure foolery you people need help

    August 30, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Don in Albuquerque

    In the words of Bart Simpson--"Haa, Haa!"

    August 30, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. ronalde

    please run the more nuts the better.

    August 30, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Von Bismark

    This war monger again? Please go away!

    August 30, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. joel palmer

    Where can I sign his nomination papaers? Having this certiifed nut job in the race has gotta be worth two or three percentage poits to the democrats, when people hear what he has to say.

    He makes Jean Kirkpatrick look like Adlai Stevenson and yeah I know I'm dating myself; look it up.

    August 30, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Lucas Breen

    What an ego!

    August 30, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Ben in Texas

    And now I've heard everything. John "Space Cadet" Bolton? Why not just sign up every psychotic right winger in the country as a presidential candidate? Or dig up Reagan's old acting buddy Bonzo the Chimp and run him? We had a Chimp in the White House from 2000-2008, so there's precedent.

    August 30, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. keeth in california

    Please. please. please. Cuz he's unelectable. Please. please. please.

    August 30, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Uncle Snerdly

    This is the best joke today,thanks CNN.

    August 30, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. More change in November (but good change)

    I really like Bolton.

    Unfortunately, he's too smart for those that vote for the democrats to get behind.

    Boton/Romney in 2012!

    August 30, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Soap

    John Bolton would not be a bad choice, the liberals hate him, so he must be a good candidate. There are only a couple equally informed as he on foreign affairs and national security and none of them are in the demorat party.

    August 30, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Muffet

    Is it just me? Seem the republican/extreme conservative/Tea party can only produce nutt jobs lately. Seriously...politics anyone noticing? Palin, Bolton, Beck, Linbaugh, and many others...on the "right".

    August 30, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Mikey

    If it's possible, he'd be an even worse choice for President than he was for the U.N.

    August 30, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    He is a very smart, able man with zero charisma. A joke, right?

    August 30, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Hap

    Be afraid, be very afraid, was that from a movie or the republican platform. We have wasted hundreds of billions of $$ on "security" which is ineffective at best . Every cent we spend is a victory for OBL and the other kooks. Every minute we wait in a security line is another victory. Guess what, if they want to attack us they will and no amount of security will prevent it. (false security) We need to make sure we are prepared, and we need to let the world know if someone from your country or through your country, hits us we'll make a glass parking lot out of your capitol city, period.

    August 30, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Bolton: Coward, bed wetter . . .

    Never met a war he didn't want to start.

    August 30, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Fed Up Regular American

    Isn't this the same guy who suggested to "Nuclear Bomb" the city of Chicago to clear it of what he deemed as corrupt politicians......?

    (Scratching head in disbelief)...........!

    August 30, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Joe

    No way. Not Bolton

    August 30, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. KEVIN

    Who would vote for Bozo the Clown. This War Monger should just go home and play with his little green army men. They are ths safest toy for this clown. Maybe he should hit the barbershop and get groom, looking like the SCARECROW FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ.

    August 30, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. aunt Bea and Opie

    We have only two words for this clown,hahaha

    August 30, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Jay

    Hey Bolton, incase you don't know what year it is, it's 2010. It's years after your idiot friend Bush started two wars that accomplished only getting our soldiers killed and trillions flushed down the toilet. And you'd like to continue on that track?

    You're a paranoid idiot living like the US has the muscle to exert power anywhere and at anytime. Wake up stupid. Did you learn nothing from two wars?

    Or are you a secret spy trying to cause the collapse of this wonderful country that I love?

    August 30, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Doc

    Faux News Network for President 2012?
    So much for fair and balanced if all of their "commentators" are going to run for office under the Republican flag.

    August 30, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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