John Bolton endorses Romney
January 11th, 2012
10:07 PM ET
10 years ago

John Bolton endorses Romney

(CNN) - John Bolton, the former U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney Wednesday.

Bolton made the endorsement on Fox News Channel, where he is a paid contributor.

“I followed the way that the William F. Buckley, Jr. test: find the most conservative candidate capable of getting elected, and there are obviously two variables there,” Bolton said on Fox News’ “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren.”

“In the words of the old song ‘Give Me That Old Time Religion,’ Romney is conservative enough and I think that’s critical.”

Bolton served in the administrations of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before former President George W. Bush appointed him the U.N. role.

Bolton endorsed Sen. John McCain's presidential bid in February 2008, and briefly flirted with a presidential run for himself in 2011.

Bolton's endorsement of Romney was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Filed under: 2012 • John Bolton • Mitt Romney
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. the situation

    Who Cares. Bolton is an, well, you know the rest!

    January 11, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    John Bolton never tell the truth so I don’t care his endorsement, Now Mitt Romney wagon fill with G.W.Bush aides

    January 11, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Fire0bama

    Thank you John! Gov. Romney and the American people will fire 0bama in Nov. 2012!

    January 11, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. Niko_in_Rtchmond

    And, his endorsement matters because????

    January 11, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. m

    With this endorsement Romney is sure to secure the Oval Office. What a joke.

    January 12, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    ►“In the words of the old song ‘Give Me That Old Time Religion,’ Romney is conservative enough and I think that’s critical.”◄

    These "endorsers" are definitely in total denial – they are accepting Romney because he's more electable? PITIFUL!!
    While on the stage, each of the candidates state that "anyone" up there can beat President Obama
    Then they turn around and BEAT UP on each other shouting the OTHER is not qualified – what DRAMA!!!

    Jeez – this is really getting "shockingly" CRAZY; the Republican Party is damaged and SPLIT!!!

    Obama 2012!!!

    January 12, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  7. Debbie

    Wow! Another Bush operative backing Romney. A vote for Romney is a return to Bush policies. I question "what" religion Bolton speaks of. He connects it to conservative not Christ.

    January 12, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Well, Mittens would be familiar territory for Cranky McBolton, given Mittens' policies are the same tried-and-failed policies Bush promoted that resulted in our country going down the toilet.

    January 12, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  9. mk1

    No thinking human being cares at all what John Bolton thinks or who he endorses.

    January 12, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    Wow? Thanks for showing up when you did. I was having a little trouble justifying Obama's recess appointment and here you are, right on cue, to remind everyone that GW Bush appointed you during a recesss after you were soundly voted down. Now the same folks who thought that was great are saying Obama over-stepped, even though his nominee had support and the GOP was just blocking the vote. Explain that to me GOP?

    January 12, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Run mitts run!!! You are getting endorsement from people who are at the bottom of the heap. At least the ones from AK passed right over you.

    January 12, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess things are falling in line for Romney. I wonder who else will be on the endorsement swing. Is it possible to see a list of people who have endorsed which candidate.?

    January 12, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |