Bolton 'still thinking' about presidential run, thinks it's 'doable politically' 

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, addressing a crowd that skewed older than most the CPAC speeches, expressed less faith in the February Revolution than many of his contemporaries. He made sure to note that there is “a real well established democracy in Israel, the only real democracy in the Middle East.” Bolton also said that before worrying about democracy in Egypt, “first and foremost we must make the world safe for ourselves.”

Bolton raised Germany's election of Adolf Hitler and Russia's election of Vladimir Putin as examples of how democracy doesn’t always create a more Liberal environment. “Democracy is more than holding elections and counting votes, it is a way of life” Bolton warned.

Bolton also condemned the signing of the new START treaty, which places limits the nuclear armament of Russia and the United States. Bolton said that the treaty will “make it hard to maintain our nuclear umbrella for ourselves and our allies.”

After his speech, Bolton visited the media suite upstairs. He was asked by one reporter about whether he will run for president. Bolton responded by saying that was "still thinking" but that "I think it's doable politically."

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