Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Thursday that he will not run for president in 2016, pledging he would nevertheless ensure those who do focus on his top issue: national security.
Bolton is a longtime Republican foreign policy hand who was considered a significant long-shot in the GOP field.
“While I’m not a candidate, I am certainly not going to sit this election out,” Bolton said in a video to his supporters. “I’m also going to focus on the 2016 presidential race, to make certain that foreign policy is critical to winning the nomination.”
The mustachioed neoconservative diplomat said he began to consider a presidential run in order to push national security to the top of the Republican agenda. With much of the early presidential debate centering on how potential candidates would tackle foreign policy challenges, Bolton said he believed his mission has been accomplished.
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