The former US Ambassador to the UN raised the possibility in a radio interview:
"Yes, I am considering it. And largely for the reasons we just talked about. I am very concerned about the direction of national security policy. I am concerned that we hardly talk about it at national-level debates in the mainstream media. The president, as they say, just seems to view national security issues as an irritation, as a distraction from what his real priorities are... Coming into the 2012 election cycle, I don't have the slightest doubt that while economic issues are very much on people's minds, as they should be, it is not in our interest to continue to ignore foreign and national security issues. So, if I did run — and I haven't made a decision; I have never run for office one way or the other, so it would be a pretty big decision to do it — I just think this has got to be more of priority."
It is difficult to see Mr Bolton doing well in any nomination race. Perhaps he just wants to be one of the people on the stage when debates are held to decide the nominee, ensuring national security concerns are at least part of the Republican conversation. He certainly has important things to say about missile defense, North Korea and Iran.