John Bolton confirms possible presidential run; wants to get the GOP past Donald Trump

'If others don't, aren't going to do it, I'm prepared to do it,' Bolton said

Published: December 7, 2022 2:35pm

Updated: December 7, 2022 5:35pm

Former United States National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday that he is considering running for president in 2024 if he doesn't see any good options. 

"If others don't, aren't going to do it, I'm prepared to do it," Bolton said on the John Solomon Reports podcast. 

Bolton said that this isn't the first time he has considered running for president and actually considered a run back in 2016. 

"Back in 2016, I took a pretty serious look at getting into the race in that cycle," he said. "I went to Iowa and New Hampshire, and I did the candidate forms and I actually took my wife and daughter to New Hampshire to see how they liked campaigning, because that's a pretty serious decision for the family. Ultimately, I decided not to do it."

With regard to the direction that the Republican Party is going, Bolton said that it needs to move away from former President Donald Trump. 

"There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about Trump's role in the party," Bolton stated. "I just for these purposes, stress the practical political role. We need to govern, we need to get control of the House and the Senate, and obviously in 2024 in the White House, and the rule that we ought to follow should be to make sure we can get people elected in November."

If Bolton were to become president, one of the first things he said he would do is focus on censorship and the First Amendment. 

"I would repeal section 230 of the Communications Act, which gives these big social media platforms effective immunity for their actions," Bolton said. "I think if they want to put stuff on their website, they have to be held responsible for it. And they can't have it both ways."

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