Newt Gingrich said he’d nominate former Bush administration UN Ambassador John Bolton as his Secretary of State Wednesday. It doesn’t appear that Bolton is ready to sign on.
Asked by TPM to respond to Gingrich’s speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition Candidate Forum in Washington where he said flatly that Bolton would be his choice to run the nation’s foreign policy, Bolton’s office declined to say if he’d accept the appointment, if he’s discussed it with Gingrich or whether or not he’s endorsing Gingrich.
“This is our statement that we have been putting out for months,” Bolton’s spokesperson at the American Enterprise Institute told TPM in an email.
Mr. Bolton has not endorsed any candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He has spoken to a number of those running, and he would be happy to discuss national security issues with anyone in the race.