On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Thursday night, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney cited a 2008 book by former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, saying that it demonstrated his rebuke of a philosophy that is plaguing the Department of State — a mentality that stresses the importance of agreement over the importance of results. (RELATED: Newt Gingrich: John Bolton will be my secretary of state)
“I had the interesting experience of reading his book, ‘Surrender is Not an Option,’” Romney said, “and in it he describes in some depth the mentality of people who spend their entire life in government, and that is in many cases they’re more inclined towards getting an agreement than actually getting the results. And as someone from the private sector, I’m a results-oriented guy.”
Romney said he wasn’t prepared to name a member of his cabinet at that time, but added that he would never say ‘never’ on the possibility.
“John Bolton insists on good results for America and is someone I respect,” Romney said. “I think he’s a fine man with great capacity. I’m not planning right now on naming my cabinet early, but you never say ‘never’ in this business. But I think John Bolton is right — we need to have a dramatic shake-up in the approach that is taken by our State Department.”