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. Anonymous

    Mr. Bolton should consider his record as well. He has a questionalble reord,so he will need to defend that.
    I would love to have another Republican in the race-I say the more the merrier! Let them all shoot the other in the foot and save the Democrats a fortune!

    November 28, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. independent

    Do you remember how this guy behaved as an appointee under Bush. This guy being anywhere in the government is a travesty.

    November 28, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Rav

    What is sad about Republicans is that instead of trying to focus on the problems which are facing this nation caused by their incompetence the efforts are focusing on defeating this President. Bolton is another one of the "Right-wing" morons who think that they are losing something in this country yet ask Mr. Bolton when was the last time he or anyone of his "Circle" lost a job, their home or they went without to feed their family. They will tell you that they don't know what you are talking about and that is the sheer problem.

    November 28, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. runner305

    "Bolton, who serves as a Fox News commentator"...well, there goes HIS credibility, right down the drain!

    November 28, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Sean

    Bolton is nothing but a specialized tool – a sledgehammer incapable of constructing anything. It's telling that he looks right past the severe domestic problems we currently face.

    November 28, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. marc in california

    You must be joking!

    November 28, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. joan

    Who cares, just one more republican knob to give us a good laugh.

    November 28, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Ross

    Wow – the looniest of the loons now wants to run for president. Almost makes Palin seem sane by comparison.

    November 28, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. GeorgeVT

    hmmm... this should be interesting.. two points: 1) how does he know what the president enjoys and doesn't? is he reading tea-leaves? 2) talk about NO experience!!!

    November 28, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. hwy9

    Oh. My. God. Imagine a Bolton/Palin ticket. Imagine the world's reaction to that nightmare scenario. Imagine life as we know it changing overnite into a regime where hate rhetoric, rants and irrational (but always negative) non-sensical official White House proclaimations are the norm, and where insults are heaved at our allies and enemies alike until we no longer have allies. This is the future with either of those two nut cases in the oval office.

    November 28, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. GP

    Any body else from Faux News going to run for president?

    November 28, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Dan

    Bolton: The only Republican less likeable than Cheney. I'd love to see him waste a few million dollars of his own money on an election run.

    November 28, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. johnrj08

    This is one of the men we can thank for introducing the world to Sarah Palin. Bolton, William Kristol, Fred Barnes and Robert Bjork are the right-wingers who forced a weak-willed John McCain to accept her as his running-mate because they realized he was too moderate for the Republican base. So, for politics sake, they unleashed a scourge on our national dialogue and political process. Shame on you, John Bolton.

    November 28, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Seattle Sue

    What a headline CNN. Imagine a GOPer wanting to beat Obama. There is not a chance in hell that John Bolton would ever become President. Levi Johnson would have a better chance.

    November 28, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Dachau

    ha the guy that was instrumental in leading thousands of American soldiers to their deaths in Iraq..... He should apologize first and then hide under the rock he came from. National security for Republicans means useless death to Americans......

    November 28, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Peter

    Bolton is a hothead, according to many who worked with him. No sure if this is the guy who I want with his finger on the button. Also, is virtually every GOP presidential candidate also a Fox employee? I find the consistent Fox connection a bit creepy.

    November 28, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Oy Vey Az

    John Bolton ? Look at his record. This guy's antics at the UN and else where around the world has clearly labeled him as a mega bully. It'll take the media exactly 10 seconds to roast this nut case. God help us all if John Bolton ever gets even close to the reigns of power.

    November 28, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. tcaros

    Mr. Dogcrap mustache is a laughing stock. He was one of Bush's lackey boys.

    November 28, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. me me me

    oh no not this broken down horrible looking thing again...go away...we don't need dinosaurs like you in the white house! Dude go back to the nursing home..

    November 28, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. greyhackles

    Wonderful! Between the Bimbo Eruption emanating from Alaska, the Resurrection of Newt, and this epic moron from the Bush administration, the Republican Party is going to have their hands full sorting out the ever lengthening list of crazies from which to pick a loser in 2012.

    Should be very entertaining!

    November 28, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. larry

    so another person on the payroll of fox.....and they are a news station why?

    November 28, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Marcus

    When he became U.S. ambassador to the United Nations there was a serious scandal happening there, and he posed (and was depicted as by many conservative reporters) as the 'savior' coming to help UN to become what it should have ever been...
    Less than year passed and not even those (save on FAUX NEWS) were saying that he was doing a good/great/acceptable job...
    And HE wants to talk about foreign policy? The guy who helped the reputation of the US to get to the low level GWBush left to Obama thinks he's an expert on that?
    He has no shame!!!!

    November 28, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Dave

    Well if you had any intelligence or charisma, then, sure, give it a shot. Alas, you don't and you're not even close.

    November 28, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. Bill

    Bolton won't have a chance. He's too honest.

    November 28, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Shadow

    Heaven help us if Bolton is ever elected president. His idea of foreign policy it his way or be damned. He has proven himself to be a tyrannical Ambassador of the UN. Since he has an uncontrollable desire to rule, this move doesn't surprise me.

    November 28, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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