- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2011

Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton hasn’t ruled out a presidential bid and expects to make a final decision by Labor Day.

And he promises that if he runs in the Republican primaries, he’ll be in the race to win.

“If I just went in to debate foreign and defense policy issues, I would be immediately marginalized, which would defeat the whole purpose of getting in,” Mr. Bolton told The Washington Times. “So, if I run, I would run to win, and I would run a full-scope campaign.”

An outspoken critic of the Obama administration, Mr. Bolton said he was disappointed that Monday’s GOP presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., didn’t focus more time on national security and foreign policy issues.

“With foreign policy and national security issues not even being raised until the last half-hour of the debate shows me what the peril is here for the country,” he said, pinning the blame on the debate format, not the seven Republican candidates who took part in the debate.

“The mindset of the Obama administration and the mainstream media to not even to get into these issues very much risks having the country sleepwalk into a very difficult time internationally, without having a true national discussion on these discussions,” he warned.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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