The Washington Times - June 25, 2013, 10:41AM

Add former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton to potential contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, apparently.

Mr. Bolton, who briefly considered a run in 2012, is being encouraged “by several leading conservative power brokers” to consider a presidential bid, according to a National Review Online report.


Mr. Bolton, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, is reportedly planning an informal national tour and “push back against the the party’s libertarian shift” on foreign policy, which has been led by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, among others.

For example, Mr. Bolton devoted a significant chunk of his address at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting earlier this year to hammering the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, and the Boston Marathon bombings this year that killed three people and injured more than 250.

“We’ve seen in very tragic terms that the war on terrorism is far from over,” Mr. Bolton said.