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John Bolton ‘very seriously’ considering 2012 presidential run
Townhall ^ | 10/1/10 | Guy Benson

Posted on 10/02/2010 3:36:36 PM PDT by pissant

I've just returned from a fascinating and wide-ranging interview with former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. On the subject of electoral politics and personal ambition, Bolton has been playing a bit coy with the media in recent weeks, refusing to rule out a potential presidential bid in 2012.

This morning he waded further into the subject, telling me he's "very seriously" contemplating a White House run in 2012 and that he's begun consulting with high-level campaign operatives to discuss feasibility and logistics. Bolton cited what he described as President Obama's failures, the "wide open" Republican field, and the knowledge and experience he could bring to the table as the primary factors that sparked his interest in running. He also repeatedly stressed that an official decision is not imminent because his top focus remains working to help Republicans succeed in next month's midterm elections.

Does he think he can win? Could his rift with President Bush complicate his chances? How does he size up his potential Republican adversaries? Would he shave the 'stache?

For the answers to those questions and more, check back here early next week for a comprehensive write-up of our discussion.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bolton; potus2012
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To: pissant

That sounds great but has Bolton declared that as a goal? Other than the top three floors of the UN building?


51 posted on 10/02/2010 5:04:55 PM PDT by upsdriver (The revolution begins on Nov. 2 to take back our country. The American people vs the ruling elite.)
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To: upsdriver

I haven’t seen anyone other than DeMint and Hunter (and Paul, to his credit) talk about dumping entire departments, but it seems to be catching on.


52 posted on 10/02/2010 5:06:54 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: fwdude
We need another president with facial hair. The last was was... who?

Tom Dewey.

53 posted on 10/02/2010 5:19:54 PM PDT by decimon
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To: pissant

Our next president will be a war president.

Bolton could do it. Whoever we choose, we have to keep that in mind. We’re still at war, and the war is probably going to ramp up to a whole ‘nother level. Not everybody is capable of being that president.


54 posted on 10/02/2010 5:50:23 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron

We better have someone who is willing and able to back China down, or we will be at war with them too.


55 posted on 10/02/2010 5:52:07 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Bolton's the first undeclared candidate that I can honestly say I'd get behind 100%.

Anyone who sticks it to the Useless Nations, the Commie's and Libs (redundant) and speaks his mind the way he does certainly gets my vote.

56 posted on 10/02/2010 5:53:49 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: marron

I dont want a war president. I want a president who can ramp us back to disinterested observers of the world, who will trade with any and all, and will protect our borders and our citizenship.


57 posted on 10/02/2010 5:54:21 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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To: Chickensoup

Then I reckon I’ll see you rejecting ANYONE who is plotting “comprehensive immigration reform”, aka Amnesty.


58 posted on 10/02/2010 5:56:57 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Chickensoup
I dont want a war president. I want a president who can ramp us back to disinterested observers of the world, who will trade with any and all, and will protect our borders and our citizenship.

I know what you mean and I think I agree with you. But I suspect war is coming. I think its coming like it or not.

59 posted on 10/02/2010 5:57:30 PM PDT by marron
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To: pissant

You can count on it.


60 posted on 10/02/2010 6:00:09 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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To: marron

I know what you mean and I think I agree with you. But I suspect war is coming. I think its coming like it or not.

You may be right.

But if we can work on making America a defensive citadel and that our citizens actually matter, I would go far. I love the idea of manning up to make out country safe.


61 posted on 10/02/2010 6:02:18 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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To: pissant
Then I reckon I’ll see you rejecting ANYONE who is plotting “comprehensive immigration reform”, aka Amnesty.

That one's easy. No comprehensive anything. Secure the border; enforce the law; let the chips fall, and the problem will resolve itself.

Politicians are always looking for a way to elide the problem, to avoid delivering the hard news when the cameras are rolling. I want someone with the nerve to say, the law is the law. We will enforce the law. Period. You can never out-pander the Dems, its better not to try.

62 posted on 10/02/2010 6:03:27 PM PDT by marron
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To: pissant
Dear Pissant. Your name is apt!


63 posted on 10/02/2010 6:11:39 PM PDT by WVKayaker (Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.)
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To: Chickensoup
I dont want a war president. I want a president who can ramp us back to disinterested observers of the world, who will trade with any and all, and will protect our borders and our citizenship.

I want someone who will take back China's MFN status and bring manufacturing and jobs back to America. I'm sick of the US gov kissing China's a**. China means war and all the a** kissing in the world won't stop it. Chinese goods are rotten and supporting one of the most evil governments in the world chaps my hide. Globalists love China. Globalists are enemeies of all that is good and decent about America. You know how many former US mil - high ranking ones like generals - work for Chinese interests? How many politicians and others have Chinese money in their pockets?

Many, many do. They are traitors. China means harm to everyone in their way of hegemony.

64 posted on 10/02/2010 6:31:27 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Callahan
He’ll have to shave mustache.

The fine men and women of Materials Science has yet to invent a metallic alloy tough enough to take on The Stache.

65 posted on 10/02/2010 6:40:46 PM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: pissant
"How does he size up his potential Republican adversaries?"

That little bandwagon of pushy, noisy hags is irrelevant (re. "adversaries"). I'd consider voting for him, if he also agreed with shutting down funding for public schools.


66 posted on 10/02/2010 6:55:18 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: usconservative

Agreed! Behind him 110%!


67 posted on 10/02/2010 7:01:12 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: pissant

The Stache 2012.

Put the man in the debates. He’ll obliterate everything in his path.


68 posted on 10/02/2010 7:30:16 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: familyop

I need to learn a few more of his positions, but he is Hunteresque in his demands for US Sovereignty.


69 posted on 10/02/2010 10:31:08 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Me too !


70 posted on 10/02/2010 10:33:42 PM PDT by Edgewood Pilot
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To: pissant

I doubt he can put together an organization in time, but I could easily support him.

No matter who’s the GOP nominee, Bolton needs to be a major contributor in the next administration. I suspect Sarah would name him as Secretary of State and he’d be great in that position.


71 posted on 10/02/2010 10:40:15 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: pissant

Wow. I think my head just spun around.

Bolton for POTUS? Intriguing idea! I’m not sure if he’s truly electable, but ... maybe. If he could get a consultant to tweak his image so he looked more folksy-friendly, that would help. The ‘stache needs some help.


72 posted on 10/02/2010 11:27:31 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (March 2010: Congress shoved Obamacare down our throats. November 2010: We will shove it back!)
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To: little jeremiah

I think we should trade with any nation that allows recipicocity.


73 posted on 10/03/2010 2:26:41 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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To: Chickensoup

IBM thought that too, they traded with Nazi Germany and helped them keep all the deaths organized and neatly filed.

Money isn’t God. When profit comes before principles, then civilizations collapse.


74 posted on 10/03/2010 2:31:24 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: little jeremiah

You know, I can sell you a hand gun. You can decide to use it as a device of protection or you can use it to hold up a convenience store. That is your moral choice.


75 posted on 10/03/2010 2:46:18 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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To: Chickensoup

You’re ignoring the fact that China has an evil government that is doing incredible harm all over the world with the money it gets from the US in the form of crap goods that we have no choice but to buy, since globalist companies have moved their manufacturing to China to take advantage of cheap labor and no envirnomental laws.

Now the US has lost its manufacturing base, jobs are hemmhoraging, and all we can buy in stores is crap from China. Toxic, ill made crap.

To make your analogy more accurate, the gun dealer is also a pimp, a member of a drug cartel, and the guns he sells are cheapy crap ones that explode in your hand or misfire. And there is no other gun dealer because he undersold all the others or threatened them to shut down.


76 posted on 10/03/2010 3:08:42 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: little jeremiah

I disagree. I am not going to punish China. However I certainly would make it more attractive to do business in the US for US customers. I would also stop corportations from having the full legal advantages of a citizen.

Using your analogy, I am not sure that both sides dont have blood on their hands. My interst is to wash our blood off and start down a different path. The Chinese have their own leadership and country to deal with. Not my problem, not our problem.


77 posted on 10/03/2010 3:24:40 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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To: Chickensoup

Sure, no gov in the history of rhe world is as pure as the driven snow.

But the Peoples’ Republic of China has ramped up the evil to a huge degree.

The trading relationship with the US and China sucks, it enriches China and businesses who deal with China. Impoverishes those Americans who lost jobs to Chinese workers (not a small number), and now the US public has no choice but to buy total crap. It’s like paying for the bullet that kills you.

Trade protectionism is a good thing, not a bad thing. Money is not God.


78 posted on 10/03/2010 3:40:26 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: little jeremiah

I never said that there should not be forms of protectionism. I just said that we should be distant and friendly with all, trade with all and keep out of their wars. Not isolationism, disinterested trade.


79 posted on 10/03/2010 3:51:15 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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To: little jeremiah

I never said that there should not be forms of protectionism. I just said that we should be distant and friendly with all, trade with all and keep out of their wars. Not isolationism, disinterested trade.


80 posted on 10/03/2010 3:51:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (There is a group of people who suck off the productive. They make rules then find infractions.)
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