WASHINGTON – The field of Republican presidential contenders might be getting another underdog.
Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton will announce Thursday whether he's getting in the race, said spokesman Garrett Marquis.
Bolton, 66, served on President George W. Bush's foreign policy team. A prominent advocate for the war in Iraq, he is widely considered a neoconservative who favors an aggressive U.S. footprint in the world.
He has talked almost exclusively about foreign policy while courting voters in early voting states such as New Hampshire and Iowa in recent months. Bolton has been a critic of GOP presidential contender Rand Paul, saying that while Republicans are stronger on foreign policy than Democrats, they should not turn to "isolationists," which he considers the Kentucky senator to be.
"You need someone who understands in his or her gut that the most important thing they do is protect the country," he said.
AP: John Bolton, one of the Republican Party's most prominent national security hawks, has decided not to run for president.
Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, bowed out of the 2016 contest on Thursday, saying in a video obtained by The Associated Press that he would prefer to influence the election from the sidelines.
"I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for president," Bolton says in the video, which was to be made public later Thursday. "I believe I can make the strongest contribution to our future by continuing as a clear and consistent advocate for a strong, Reaganite foreign policy that values peace through strength."