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Libertarian at home; but protected internationally

On domestic issues, he says, he's a self-proclaimed "libertarian," which he knows will jar people who think he's interested in running purely to irk Senator Rand Paul, another likely 2016 candidate and Bolton's ideological opposite on foreign policy. "My argument is that you can't protect your liberties at home unless we are protected internationally," he says. "I think that argument can have currency across the Republican spectrum."

"I can go to voters and tell them, without reservation, that I'm for limited government, as much as possible, on taxes, on regulations, but on foreign policy, I want to make sure we're protected," Bolton explains. "It'd be a mix of being against nanny-ism and libertarianism."

Source: Robert Costa in the National Review , Aug 22, 2013

Campaigns are about the horse race, & should be about policy

We now live in a time where there's not a lot of focus on foreign policy, except for lurching from crisis to crisis. It was even hard for John McCain, when I was working for him back in 2000, to get attention for his foreign-policy positions until he won the N.H. primary. We'd have him give a big speech on foreign policy and it'd promptly be ignored. Let's face it: Campaigns are now all about process, the horse race, and polling, and you can try to do something different, but it probably won't work.
Source: Robert Costa in the National Review , Aug 22, 2013

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