Slowly but surely, Mitt Romney is shoring up his right flank. His campaign announced Thursday that he’s been endorsed by John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.
Bolton, whose outspoken views on national security earned him fans among conservatives and critics elsewhere, briefly flirted with a presidential bid of his own. He also became strongly identified with the tea party movement as it rose to prominence in 2009 and 2010.
“Of all the candidates, Mitt Romney possesses the strongest vision for America’s leadership role in the world, and I am proud to endorse him,” Bolton said in a statement released by the Romney campaign.
At the same time, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, another politician with ties to the tea party movement, strongly repudiated the attacks on Romney’s record as a principal of private equity firm Bain Capital Wednesday, according to the Greenville (S.C.) News.