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      Bolton Not Ruling Out Bid for President

      Pressed by an interviewer, former US envoy to UN hints that if he ran for president, national security would top public agenda.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 8/31/2010, 6:59 PM

      Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, was asked in an interview whether he would consider a run for the US presidency – and did not reject the idea.

      “[I]t is a very great honor that anybody would even think of asking,” Bolton told the interviewer at the Daily Caller. “I’m obviously not a politician. I’ve never run for any federal elective office at all and, you know, it is something that would obviously require a great deal of effort,” he said.

      “What I do think, though, and what concerns me, is the lack of focus generally in the national debate about national security issues. Now, I understand the economy is in a ditch and people are concerned about it, but our adversaries overseas are not going to wait for us to get our economic house in order.”

      When asked if this meant he would consider running, Bolton did not give a clear answer but seemed to hint that such a bid would at least place national security issues at the top of the public agenda.

      “In the sense that I want to make sure that not only in the Republican Party, but in the body politic as a whole, people are aware of threats that remain to the United States,” he said. “You know, as somebody who writes op-eds and appears on the television, I appreciate as well as anybody that…there is a limit to what that accomplishes. Whereas, some governor from some state in the middle of the country announces for president they get enormous coverage even if their views are utterly uninformed on major issues.”

      When pressed once again about running, he said that he is “not going to do anything foolish,” adding, “you know, I see how the media works…you have to take that into account.”

      In a recent interview with Arutz Sheva, Bolton said that Iran now has an “insurance policy” against Israeli attack, and that Obama’s “contain Iran” policy is doomed to failure. He also said that the only solution for Israel and the Palestinian Authority is what he calls the "three-state solution."