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John Bolton Not Favored By GOP For 2012 Presidency?

Reported by Ellen - September 9, 2010 -

John Bolton, a solid conservative if there ever was one and a Fox News contributor, appeared on America Live today ostensibly to discuss his appearance at a 9/11 rally protesting the so-called ground zero mosque. But before long, host Megyn Kelly asked Bolton about his rumored aspirations to run for president. When Bolton acknowledged he was considering such a move, Kelly lit into him with the kind of treatment she usually reserves for liberals.

At about the 2:20 mark in the interview, Kelly, with a sly smile, said to Bolton, “Ambassador, I heard you express some political aspirations recently. Confirm or deny you are potentially interested in running for president of the United States.”

Bolton told her, “I am thinking about it” because he wants national security to have a bigger place in the “national political discourse.” But, he stressed, “I have not made any decision at all” and would not do so until after the midterm elections.

Kelly said the following in a joking voice but it was clear she meant what she was saying. “Now, how could you do it, Ambassador? You, you, the polarizing U.N. guy, the guy that the Democrats wouldn’t even approve, you had to be a recess appointment, they said you were so awful. (GOP Senator George) Voinovich, wasn’t he the one who cried on the floor over you? How are YOU gonna get Democrats to vote for you for president?”

Bolton laughed as though Kelly had been flirting with him. “Well, we’ll just have to see how it goes. I’m certainly not a politician… I’ve never run for elective office but I think the importance of national security has not been given the attention that it deserves in this administration.”

By which Bolton likely means that Obama is not bellicose enough. Bolton has been salivating for war with Iran for years.

It's entirely possible Kelly was just in a mood or playing at being a balanced, tough interviewer. But she's nothing if not calculating and I find it hard to believe she would not have had some ulterior motive for this unusual, rather cheeky behavior.

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