GOPer 'considering' an Obama challenge
November 28th, 2010
04:55 PM ET
3 years ago

GOPer 'considering' an Obama challenge

(CNN) – Another Republican has voiced interest in challenging President Obama for the White House in 2012.

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday he's "considering" a run.

"Yes, I am considering it," Bolton told conservative radio show host Aaron Klein's on WABC in New York. "If I did run, and I haven't made a decision, I have never run for office one way or the other, so it would be a pretty big decision to do it."

Bolton, who serves as a Fox News commentator, said he's concerned that the national discourse does not include talk of foreign policy.

"I'm very concerned about the direction of national security policy," Bolton said. "I'm concerned that we hardly talk about it at national-level debates in the mainstream media."

He also said the president seems to view national security issues as an "irritation, a distraction from what his real priorities are."

In the interview Bolton said Obama "doesn't enjoy being commander-in-chief," and that it's important the Republican Party nominate a strong candidate because the president "gives a pretty good speech."

"It's important to be able to take him on intellectually and at a policy level in a very direct way, and that's one of the things I'll be considering," Bolton said.

Bolton served as the under secretary of state for arms control and international security in the George W. Bush administration before he was appointed to the U.N. position and is currently a senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy in Washington.


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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Mickey, NY

    "...It's important to be able to take him [Obama] on intellectually..."

    Well, there you have it...the GOP will lose on this point ALONE...

    GOP = Domestin Terrorists

    November 28, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. shojayxt

    Oh good grief. This guy has about as much chance of getting elected as Charles Manson. Bolton has no intention of running he is just seeking publicity. Must have a book coming out soon.

    November 28, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. cel

    Bolton, the man who wanted the US to go to war against the UN ? HA ! He's another Bush era stooge. And this is supposed to be news ? If anything happens to Obama, start interrogating right wingers like Palin, McCain and the rest of te fascists.
    Does no one out there understand that the Nazis and Fascists were conservatives ? WAKE UP PEOPLE !! Here we go again. The Axis powers are here and ready to take over.

    November 28, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Josh

    Seriously? Come on no Republican can beat Obama, that's just the way it is.

    November 28, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. kyle

    If he comes from that fake news channel, he's just another fake right wing nut.

    November 28, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. King

    Every GOP and their mother is lining up to challenge obama. Well I hope you spineless jelly fish devour your own in the primary, all you guys are money grubbing fools that don't give a dam about the middle class and poor, too bad the middle class people don't have a clue.

    November 28, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. TM

    Isn't this the same guy that war APPOINTED to his post at the UN because he was such a radical nutjob that he COUNLD'T be confirmed by the US Senate?

    So far the Republicans are putting up Palin, a 'Governor' who QUIT because she doesn't believe in governing, and a radical 'Diplomat' who doesn't believe in diplomacy. Isn't this the party of the "grown-ups"?

    November 28, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. joey

    Tom Delay should run too. He would be great.

    November 28, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. JanSuzanne

    John Bolton is the right man for the job. However, most people will not recognize the strength of this man which makes me wonder if he can get elected. The most important thing is to make Obama a one-term president and elect a President that can give America the strength we need to support our Democracy.

    November 28, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. ingrid

    Bolton was one of the most hawkish UN ambassadors of all time and has such a skewed view of foreign policy, that it is borderline crazy. This is not a presidential candidate.

    November 28, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. StrategicBob

    Bolton is right that foreign policy is largely being ignored in today's political discourse, but the idea that he could possibly have anything meaningful to contribute to the needed conversation is beyond ludicrous.

    November 28, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. rdepontb

    CNN, get back to reporting somethign worthwhile. Please. The Republicans have lots of good potential candidates, so _please_ don't waste our time with these namby pamby, phony headlines-try taking your job, and your readers/viewers, seriously, Mr. Ticker.

    November 28, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. proud dem in nc

    These losers are coming out of the wood work to run. Personally, I hope that know nothing twit, Palin, runs. Obama will be a shoe-in in 2012. Rethuglicans are so pathetic.

    November 28, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    John Bolton? AEI (conservative think tank)? etc, etc, etc? 'Smells' like he's another one of those deeply entrenched 'Koch Brothers' boys. Therefore, he shouldn't be trusted.

    November 28, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Steffan Piper

    Umm ... the guy who had almost zero ability to effectively cooperate with others thinks he's got a chance? Maybe he's inspired by Sean Hannity's Obama bashing and thought "Hey, I can be just like that!"

    Smart guy, but he was a complete failure in his job at the UN. Maybe he's banking on everybody's short memory of who he actually is.

    November 28, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Bill F

    Being a solid member of the left, my first inclination was to snicker at Bolton's complete lack of self awareness. Being dour, surly, and wonky will never allow him to get elected.
    And then I paused and considered his quote about, "taking on (the president) intellectually and at a policy level," and realized that if Obama is going to lose in 2012, I'd kill for it to be somebody who speaks intelligently about policy. Enough with the sound bites by idiots like Palin, Beck, O'Reilly, et. al. Please bring on serious intellectual debate about the issues and let the best person win.
    What a novel idea...

    November 28, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Republican Garbage

    LOL; Captain Kangaroo the Neocon himself. That's all we need is another subscriber to the Bush/Cheney Imperial Doctrine. What is wrong with you Repubs? Do you have no standards? Palin, and now Bolton? Whose next, Elmer Fudd?

    November 28, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Bob R., Lanhan, Maryland

    I hope he does run, and bring a carabo bobbie along a his mate. That will be a hoot!

    November 28, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. texassam

    Humm....Maybe Tina Fey can give him some advice. I'm thinking maybe he knows South Dakota from North Dakota...?

    November 28, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Mike S.

    The more right wing whack jobs in the race, the better. Sarah, Newt, John – what a group.

    November 28, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. matt

    Go ahead Mark Twain, try to run against Obama. I hope you and Palin really try.

    November 28, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. coloradoDem

    Omg plz sarah looks better then him give us a break if he thinks he can run i know my cat can!!!!

    November 28, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Ann

    I HOPE every democrat politician gets voted out! Please, I CANNOT AFFORD these democrats anymore. The damage they have done to the housing market and my retirement is enough to put them all away for good and I'm talking PRISON. Barney Frank, Dodd, Obama, the list goes on and on and of course their continued killiing of babies. They are causing major moral decay. Obama has a job way above his ability and experience. It's a travesty.

    November 28, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. dillydally

    John Bolton should be on trial with the rest of the Bush administration that orchastrated the Iraq invasion.

    November 28, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Ohio Citizen

    Too often we hear these statements about how the President doesn't seem to blah blah blah. The President doesn't blah blah blah. These things projected onto the President are more about the individuals making the statements than they are about the President. They seem incapable of hearing what the President says and taking him at face value. So this man who has no chance in hell of even winning the GOP nomination has convinced himself that he should run for President to fill a void in his own prejudiced mind. My goodness Bolton has no self-awareness at all. He couldn't get confirmed but he thinks he can be President. Lord have mercy.

    November 28, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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