Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is mulling over whether or not to throw his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. He is considering getting into the race in an effort to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on national security.
In an interview with The Daily Caller published Wednesday, Bolton, who served as U.N. Ambassador from 2005-2006, said he has not yet decided whether or not he will run, telling reporter Alex Pappas, “And I don’t have a timetable on that.”
Ex-U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says he is considering a run for president in 2016 as a Republican. http://t.co/vMdj2RQfpi
— The Patriot (@PatriotAM1150) November 6, 2014
Bolton also told The Daily Caller one important reason for getting into the race would be to challenge Hillary Clinton on national security issues and her time at State.
“Obviously, if the Democrats nominate Hillary, her principle ‘qualification’ is her time as secretary of state. 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.”
Although Bolton doesn’t register any figures on the RealClearPolitics average of prospective 2016 GOP nominees (first place is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with 11.8 percent, last place is Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana with 2.8 percent as of Thursday), his PACs raised $7.5 million in the 2014 midterms for like minded candidates who are strong-willed on national security.
Furthermore, these folks seem to think it is a good idea.
— Leon Elam (@GrizzlyGovFan) November 6, 2014
And these people like Bolton, but would like to see him somewhere else.
Walker for president; John Bolton for Secretary of State.
— Abu Nudnik (@AbuNudnik) November 5, 2014
— Joelon Wilson (@futureicon) November 3, 2014
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