Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton will not be running for president in 2016, he said Thursday.
“I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president,” Bolton said in a video obtained by The Associated Press. “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.” The AP gives further background:
Bolton, a leading foreign policy voice in the George W. Bush White House, spent recent months testing his message in early-voting states. In calling for a muscular foreign policy, he often lashed out at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as Republican rivals — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in particular — who favor a reduced U.S. footprint in the world.
Had Bolton jumped in the race, this would have been his competition:
- Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas
- Sen Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
- Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.
- Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
- Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
The list would likely include former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. All are expected to announce their decisions in the next several weeks.
“While I am not a candidate, I am certainly not going to sit this election out,” Bolton proclaimed. The former ambassador wants “to focus on the 2016 Republican presidential race to make certain that foreign policy is critical to winning the nomination.”
Bolton considered a bid as recently as November and tested his hawkish message in several of the early voting states. Earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Bolton told Western Journalism that “we’ve got to elect a real president.”
“Nor will I stand idle while our president surrenders our national interests and liberals rally around his ideological twin: Hillary Clinton,” Bolton also said in the video.
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