Bolton unsatisfied with Republican field, lays out why he ‘may run for president’

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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John Bolton is increasingly looking like a man who could jump into the race for the White House.

In a Monday column in Human Events, Bolton laid out why he “may run for president.”

“President Obama, unlike all his predecessors since Franklin Roosevelt, does not treat national security as his top priority,” the former ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush wrote. “For two-and-a-half years, Americans have witnessed the devastating results of Obama’s ‘post-American’ worldview. “

A relentless critic of President Obama’s foreign policy in print and as a commentator on Fox News, Bolton first indicated that he was considering entering the Republican presidential primary field to The Daily Caller in August 2010. He was worried at the time that with the economy in dire straights, Republican presidential contenders would ignore the pressing foreign policy challenges facing America in favor of focusing on economic issues.

“I want to make sure that not only in the Republican Party, but in the body politic as a whole, people are aware of threats that remain to the United States,” he said then.

That remains Bolton’s rationale for considering a run.

“Obama’s policies are jeopardizing not only our national security and economy, but our constitutional sovereignty too,” Bolton wrote Monday. “That is why I have been considering running for President. The Republican Party must nominate a leader who, unlike Obama, understands instinctively that America’s liberty, prosperity and national security are inextricably linked.”

But, according to Bolton, so far the Republican field leaves much to be desired.

“To date, in my view, no Republican candidate has persuasively argued that our economic recovery and long-term prosperity are completely intertwined with a strong national security posture,” he concludes the article. “If no one else is prepared to make that case, I will.”

Bolton previously told TheDC that he would make a decision about whether he would enter the race for the White House by Labor Day.