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Ambassador John Bolton His Endorsement of Mitt Romney

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The former Ambassador to the U.N. was my guest today and we covered his endorsement of Mitt Romney for president as well as the situation in Iran, the proposed deep cuts to the DoD budget and the USMC video.

The transcript is here. Excerpt on Romney:

HH: All right, Mr. Ambassador, you surprised a lot of people yesterday with your endorsement of former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, to be the next president. Can you tell us why you did that?

JB: Well, I tried to follow the William F. Buckley, Jr. test in what I think is the most important presidential election in, perhaps in a century, and that is because of the importance of defeating Barack Obama and making sure he doesn’t get another four years to take our country in the wrong direction. And the Buckley test is you want to elect the most conservative candidate who can actually get elected. And that is the calculus, both in terms of the scale of conservatism and a scale of electability. And my judgment was that Mitt Romney had demonstrated on issues that are key to me, particularly national security, that he’s just as conservative as most of the other Republican candidates. I exclude Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman. And I think that he can get elected. I think he’s got the kind of approach that will succeed in November. And so when I put that together, I’m enthusiastically in support of it. Does it mean that he’s as conservative as I am on every issue? No, but then, neither is Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry or some of the other candidates. So you know, everybody’s got his own judgment. Mine is that combination of conservatism and electability that matches best for the time we need is Mitt Romney.



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