Friday, February 11, 2011

Bolton for President: A ‘Goldwater Conservative’

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tells National Review Online that he is seriously considering a 2012 presidential run. “I am a Goldwater conservative,” he says. “I am not a professional politician. I don’t anticipate running a typical kind of campaign, if I do make that decision.”

“I think in the last two years, President Obama has deliberately, consciously downplayed the threats that the United States faces in the world. I don’t think he’s interested in national security,” Bolton continues. “I think it is very important that whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be, they’re able to stand toe-to-toe with the president in the debates in 2012.”

Bolton says that he has been thinking about a 2012 challenge since early 2009, soon after President Obama first took office. “I don’t think he fundamentally believes that it is his job to advance American interests,” he says

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