Don’t look now, but Mike Huckabee may not be alone in leaving Fox News for a presidential run.
According to the Washington Examiner, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton could be leaving Fox soon as he ponders his future and a possible White House run in 2016.
“John Bolton may be next,” an unidentified source told the Examiner, adding that it will not be a surprise if Fox parts ways with the former U.N. ambassador.
“He just wants to stay at Fox as long as possible,” the source told the Examiner’s Eddie Scarry.
Already this year, Fox has parted ways with Huckabee and conservative rock star Ben Carson, who left the network in November ahead of a presumed run. (RELATED: Fox News Drops Ben Carson Ahead of Presumed 2016 White House Run)
In years past, Fox has ended deals with Newt Gingrich and Scott Brown ahead of their runs for the presidency in 2012 and Senate in 2014, respectively.
As the Examiner notes, Bolton told TheDC in November that he would consider a run if Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy. Bolton believes his foreign policy chops would cancel out Clinton’s time as secretary of state, her “principle ‘qualification,'” as Bolton put it. (RELATED: With Eyes On Rand And Hillary, John Bolton Says He Is Mulling Presidential Bid)
“Obviously, if the Democrats nominate Hillary, her principle ‘qualification’ is her time as secretary of state,” Bolton told TheDC’s Alex Pappas. “So being able to dissect and explain to the voters why she fails as a leader, I think is going to be critical for whomever is interested in the Republican nomination.”
The former U.N. ambassador also added that he is worried about the possible rise of an isolationist wing within the GOP, as a White House bid from Sen. Rand Paul is expected.
“I don’t think I have to make a decision as early as some others do,” Bolton said, “but I do think the threat of isolationism is still there in the party. And I think that’s something that is of very much concern to me.”
Bolton didn’t refer to the Kentucky senator by name, saying he doesn’t “personalize it so much.”