GOPer 'considering' an Obama challenge
November 28th, 2010
04:55 PM ET
11 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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  1. DC Johnny

    Typical CNN lead-in for a Conservative challenger – find the worst looking, out of focus picture you can possibly find of the "challenger" to invoke that he must be a fringe lunatic.

    November 28, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. J. Samuel Cook

    Good luck. I think the POTUS has, both on the campaign trail and during interactions with opponents in the GOP, proved he is quite capable of intelligent and substantive policy discourse.

    I don't understand the GOP's campaign to sallow the president's intellectual capabilities, but it just seems juvenile.

    Then again, it is an axiom of politics to make your opponent's position seem untenable by calling your own "common sense."

    November 28, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. GJ

    I think we've had enough neo-con foreign policy, Mr. Bolton.

    November 28, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. NJ Pilot

    First Caribou Captain Kangaroo.
    Quite a line-up of talent there, GOP!

    November 28, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Billy

    Bolton, "If elected I promise to continue searching for non-existent yellow cake and WMDs and to retire my fake walrus mustache too."

    November 28, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Read Bolton's biography, this guy is a lose cannon and will certainly create the demise of this country. His claim of taking President Obama on intellectually and on policy is yet to be seen being that there is no one in the Republican party qualified to do so.. However, I give credit to Bolton for recognizing the fact President Obama has the intellect and policy background that certainly can't be matched by someone like Palin who "believes" she can win lacking in both. Republicans better get serious because Bolton is placing the facts on the table and facts don't lie.

    November 28, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. bob

    That's a laugh. He couldn't beat Osama bin Laden.

    November 28, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Jack in Florida

    Who is he and why is does he feel he is qualified???

    November 28, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Maybe the entire "Fox News" Faux News team will run for President... Every tin foil hat wearing, Tea Partying ultra "Right" wingnut from Fox running would pretty much put them off the air...

    Now that wouldn't be so bad.

    November 28, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Marge

    Goodness gracious why don't we just line all the republican politicians in the country up in a football field and have the debates there. Everybody and their brother is running. How about the dog catcher and the garbage man they'd make a better candidate than any of the ones with the big old heads who think they could get the nomination. How about my cat.

    November 28, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Jim from Va

    This man is unqualified.He doesn't know how to play basketball.

    November 28, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Death Panel Sarah

    Yeah....Bolton.... the man NOBODY wanted in the U.N.

    Way to pick 'em GOP!!!

    November 28, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Death Panel Sarah

    Bolton and Gingrich...wouldn't vote for them for dog catcher!!!

    November 28, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Death Panel Sarah

    "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."....
    he sounds like Palin....are all republicans this stupid that they cannot even form simple sentences?

    November 28, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Death Panel Sarah

    Bolton, who serves as a Fox News commentator....
    Oh. Now I see. It will be a FOX presidency....Palin, Huckabee, Bolton, etc. What about Beck? Won't he run?

    November 28, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Just we need in the White House: John Bolton, Horse's Patootie Extraordinaire!


    November 28, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. carly

    This has to be a joke. Bolton is almost as bad a candidate as Palin. I hope either of them get the nomination which shouldmake life easy for Obama in 2012.

    November 28, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. AR

    nice. bolton is a good dude.

    November 28, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Oh man, I needed a good laugh today! He'd do even worse than Sarah Palin in the general election if the GOP was stupid enough to nominate him. The only Republican with a chance of beating Obama is Romney, and even his odds aren't that great.

    November 28, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Patrick

    First Sarah Palin, now John Bolton. I love it. Keep it up Republicans. These are great candidates for 2012 and I just know either of them will make the choice so very easy when we see their names on a ballot next to Obama. Yep, the choice will be VERY clear 😉

    November 28, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. R. Wood

    Bolton knows he can't win the nomination. He does want party of the huge money pie now being consumed by Palin and her imitators. Better shave that walrus mustche, John.

    November 28, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Mike Mc

    Wilford Brimley should be his running mate

    November 28, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. CBR

    The Republicans have been trying to defeat Barack Obama since the day he took the oath of President. Now it is john Bolton's turn to declare his intentions. I really do hope that people will look at his credentials, his speeches and ideas and his work at the UN. See if he has the credentials and temperament to be President.

    The actions or should I say the inaction of the Republican Party over the last two years were all aimed t bringing down the Obama White House. We can expect ten or twelve Republicans to run for the nomination in 2012 while controlling the House of Representatives. The voters are the ones who will be hurt. Gridlock is never good and when it comes to governing these United States it should be unacceptable. Instead we got the TEA Party entering into the mix. Some very good people were ousted during the election. Some of the TEA Party candidates were far worse than the Republican or Democratic candidate.

    November 28, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Robert in VA

    Obama needs to take that Assuage guy out. Have him arrested or assassinated, whatever you have to do. I suspected our foreign relations would suffer with this administration but I didn't realize it would descend into a chaotic shambles in such a short time. With that being said, he can keep most of this covered up and the press will cover him on domestic issues. But he has to do what it takes, if he wants to survive.

    November 28, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. GentleCritic

    Oh great...We have ANOTHER Bush era has-been FOX lackey who thinks he's perfect to be POTUS despite never really doing anything worthwhile in any of his previously APPOINTED positions. Has this man ever actually run for an office before and won? And he has the gonads to publically pronounce his belief that Obama "doesn't enjoy being commander-in-chief". If it's not Silly Sarah mouthing off about things she has absolutely no knowledge of, then it's one of these armchair political wannabe's repeating the GOP mantra for lack of anything more intelligent to come up with on their own.

    If you have no problem voting to put some of this inexperienced toilet trash into the most important office in this country then keep believing what the Pubs tell you to believe. Just remember to be flexible enough to put your head between your knees so you can kiss your butt good-bye.

    November 28, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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