Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton announced Thursday that he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, after months of traveling to early nominating states and saying he was seriously considering running.
“As I look forward, I’ve decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president,” Bolton said in a video released on Thursday. “I believe I can make the strongest contribution to our future by continuing as a clear and consistent advocate for a strong Reaganite foreign policy that values peace through strength.”
Bolton explained in his video that in 2013, “I began considering a run for president because I firmly believed that national security needed to return to the center of the political debate.”
“In 2014, we made great strives toward achieving this goal,” he said. “And national security is once again a top issue with voters. Over the past months, I’ve spoken with citizen in Des Moines, Columbia, Greenville, Nashua, Manchester, and other great cities across America. They understand the most important challenge facing the next president is keeping America safe.”