John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, endorsed Mitt Romney's bid to be the Republican nominee for president.
"Of all the candidates, Mitt Romney possesses the strongest vision for America's leadership role in the world, and I am proud to endorse him," Bolton said in a statement released Thursday by the Romney campaign. "President Obama has sapped America's credibility abroad, weakened our military and failed to lead on issues vital to U.S. national security... Mitt Romney will restore our military, repair relations with our closest allies, and ensure that no adversary--including Iran--ever questions American resolve."
Bolton, who was highly controversial during his 16-month tenure as U.N. ambassador, once said in reference to himself, "Looking at the whole range of prospective candidates, there was only one candidate who met my test as the ideal conservative, but he decided not to run.". On Fox News Wednesday, where Bolton is a contributor, the former official
In his own statement, Romney called Bolton a "staunch defender of U.S. interests and values" and said he looks forward to consulting with him on ways to restore America's standing abroad.
After Bolton was given a recess appointment to serve as U.N. ambassador in 2005, he aggressively pursued President Bush's foreign policy agenda and called for an overhaul of the U.N. while antagonizing many members of the international body. After his temporary appointment expired, Democrats blocked his nomination to continue serving in 2006.