Unimpressed with the current crop of candidates and their campaign themes, former UN Ambassador John Bolton says he’s strongly considering entering the GOP presidential race and will make a decision by Labor Day, he told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview.
“I don’t see any of the Republicans in the race now who have made foreign policy a priority,” he said. “We’re sleepwalking into a real potential disaster.”
Bolton said he understands the enormous economic challenges facing the country, but national security can’t take a back seat. “Our adversaries overseas are not going to wait around for us to get our economic house in order.”
“Presidents have to walk and chew gum at the same time,” he added.
While Bolton certainly faults Obama’s inattention to matters overseas (“How to handle China and Russia in the future [and] what to do about the turmoil in the Middle East”), he also lays blame on the media. “You [didn’t] get a foreign policy question until the last half hour of the debate,” Bolton said of Monday’s New Hampshire forum sponsored and moderated by CNN.
Bolton told Human Events that he’s confident he can govern, but is gathering information and talking to people on whether running a campaign is “feasible and doable.”
“George H.W. Bush was very good at governing, [but] very bad at campaigning. Obama’s an outstanding campaigner and terrible at governance.”
So come Labor Day, get ready for possibly another new entry into a crowded field.
“I’m going to make a decision. And then I’m going to act on the decision,” Bolton concluded.