Bolton On Running For President In 2012: ‘I’m Not Saying No’

Earlier this week, when the Daily Caller asked neoconservative war hawk John Bolton if he wanted to run for president in 2012, the former (recess-appointed) U.N. ambassador wouldn’t rule out the possibility. “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,” he said. But today on Fox News, Bolton indicated that he’s getting more interested in making a run for the White House, saying, “I’m not saying ‘no’”:

HOST: Are you running for president in 2012?

BOLTON: Well it’s a great honor when people ask me that question and I have been asked that question. I don’t think anybody involved in politics should worry about that until after the elections this fall because I think they’re so important. So that’s to the extent I get involved, that’s where I’m going to put my focus for now.

HOST: So you’re not saying no?


BOLTON: I’m not saying no, that’s right.

Watch it:

“What concerns me,” Bolton told the Daily Caller, “is the lack of focus generally in the national debate about national security issues.” ThinkProgress would be eager to witness Bolton campaign on his ideas:

Bomb Iran, (or at least allow Israel to do it) and change the regime.

— Endless wars (because “we’re not going to eliminate violent conflict until homo sapiens ceases to exist as a separate species”).

— Invade Somalia? Nuke Chicago?

One thing is clear. If Bolton does decide to run for president, he probably won’t have the support of his former boss.