Checking in with the Bolton Campaign

by Rich Lowry

We mentioned our favorite dark-horse candidate for president, John Bolton, yesterday. I checked in with him about the state of his campaign.

First, on its rationale, which he discussed with the Daily Caller recently: “We just don’t have enough discussion on national security. Obama views it as a distraction. None of our candidates are talking about it on a serious, sustained basis.”

On the long odds: “I have absolutely no illusions as someone who hasn’t run for elective office before. But I have been talking to people about it to find out whether they break out laughing. I’m sometimes met with a dumbfounded look when I mention it, but most of people then say, ‘Well, why not?’”

On his foreign-policy focus when a presidential campaign will have to be more wide-ranging: “Before the Bush 43 administration and since I left, I spent all those years at AEI,  surrounded by the best economists in the country. I have absorbed a lot of that. And don’t forget: I worked in Ed Meese’s Justice Department when he was formulating the case for originalism and I was a student of Robert Bork’s and the law-and-economics school of thought.”

Bolton says he, of course, wouldn’t seek to build a political machine on the order of, say, a Mitt Romney, but doesn’t think he would need to to have an impact and–who knows?–catch a wave somewhere. He adds, as any potential candidate should, that he’s “made no final decision and our focus should be on the mid-term elections.”

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