Bolton, the beneficiary of a recess appoint to the post of Ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, had flirted with the idea of running for President himself. During the past Summer, he promised to run if he did not believe that the many pressing dangers on the international stage were given proper attention.
Somewhere along the line, in addition to issues like, money and viability, Bolton apparently determined that the important issues were getting a fair hearing and did not need to be served by his own presidential candidacy. Now he has determined that Mitt Romney is the best person to be our next President.
As heard in his interview, Bolton believes that most of the Republican candidates have very similar foreign policy views but in addition to Romney’s own solid positions on the issue, Bolton’s decision was largely swayed by what he calls Romney’s electability. According to Bolton, his criteria for endorsement was based upon finding the most electable conservative in the field and for him, that is Mitt Romney.
Individual personal endorsements don’t usually make much of a difference and Bolton’s probably won’t make a big difference either, but it will help create an impression that can only help Romney within conservative circles. While Bolton is demonized in liberal circles and would stoned by Ron paull fanatics if he attended a Ron Paul rally, on the right, his reasoned hawkishness has promoted a hardline position on national defense that offers the nation a better safe than sorry stance. It has also earned Bolton the neo-Con label and for a candidate like Mitt Romney whom many try to portray as a liberal, the neo-Con affiliation isn’t a bad thing in his plight for the Republican presidential nomination.
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