John Bolton, Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., May Run for President

September 10, 2010 - 6:12 AM
Bolton told Fox Business Network on Thursday that he is weighing a White House bid against President Barack Obama in 2012 because he feels national security has faded from the public debate.

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John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is a favorite of foreign policy conservatives. (AP File Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Washington (AP) - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says he's considering a White House run.

President George W. Bush's top arms control official and later the nation's top diplomat at the U.N., Bolton told Fox Business Network on Thursday that he is weighing a White House bid against President Barack Obama in 2012 because he feels national security has faded from the public debate.

"I am thinking about it because I think legitimate issues of national security should be more at the center of the national debate than they have been for the last two years," said Bolton, who also worked for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

Bolton has emerged a favorite voice for foreign policy conservatives and candidates and a popular contributor to the Fox networks. He also is a polarizing figure for Democrats, who in the Senate blocked his permanent appointment to the U.N.; President George W. Bush used a recess appointment to send him to New York.

Obama moved into the White House during an economic crisis that has proved stubbornly difficult. With unemployment stuck just below 10 percent and Americans worried about the economy, he has spent most of his time trying to connect his policies to voters' pocketbooks.

While the Obama administration has made headway with foreign policy, White House officials looking at this year's midterm elections and the president's likely 2012 re-election bid have preferred tangible domestic accomplishments, such as jobs or roads, over vague international victories.