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Bolton Wants Foreign Policy to Be a Main Issue in 2014

Image: Bolton Wants Foreign Policy to Be a Main Issue in 2014 Former Ambassador John Bolton.

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 12:30 PM

By Jennifer G. Hickey


Former Ambassador John Bolton is working to ensure foreign policy is an issue in the midterm elections – and possibly beyond.

According to a July 11 statement issued by John Bolton PAC, his fundraising organizations combined have raised a $4 million for the cycle overall, including $2.3 million in the second quarter. The majority of the receipts, $3 million, has gone unspent.

The Super PAC, which was established in 2013, has received over 20,000 donations from individuals in all 50 states and the average online and direct mail donation is under $60.

"Given the Obama administration’s recent national security missteps regarding Israel, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Ukraine and elsewhere, the American people need to know that our national interests are facing grave threats with inadequate leadership in Washington,"  the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said in the statement.

With control of the Senate a key goal, the Super PAC has thrown its financial support behind several Senate candidates, including Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Michigan's Terri Lynn Land. The Super PAC also stated it plans to commence with candidate-related independent expenditures "very shortly."

The impetus behind the formation of the Super PAC was to challenge the idea that Americans are uninterested in foreign policy issues.

"I am going to test the hypothesis of the political operatives who say 'Americans don’t care about foreign policy,'" Bolton said during a 2013 radio interview, according to Politico.

Although Bolton's political action committees are focused on the midterm elections, he has not ruled out running for president in 2016.

"[The door is not] closed . . . What I'm doing now is focusing on the 2014 House and Senate elections," Bolton, who was a presidential candidate in 2012, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV in April.

Bolton, who is a weekly contributor on Fox News, is also making his voice heard at conservative gatherings, most recently speaking at June's Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to the Majority" convention, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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