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Herman Cain: Henry Kissinger Job Offer Was a Joke

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- Accomplished and controversial former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is known as a practitioner of realpolitik, but GOP contender Herman Cain says his offer to give him his old job back was nothing more than a real joke.

“Dr. Kissinger turned my offer down to be secretary of state,” Cain, who met Kissinger earlier this month for breakfast and a rapid tutorial on foreign policy, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview posted to the paper’s web site on Tuesday. “He said he’s perfectly happy doing what he’s doing.”

When asked by reporters later Tuesday if he had really offered Kissinger a job, Cain denied it and said he was only kidding.”

Cain said he was only “teasing” about offering Kissinger, 88, who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, a job in his cabinet were he to win the nomination and the general election.

“Yes I was teasing. I was not serious about asking him because I know he’s retired, but I was serious about seeking his counsel. And he was nice enough to say that I could seek his counsel some more in the future, which I treasure dearly,” Cain said.

After the Kissinger meeting, Cain’s campaign manager Mark Block told the National Review that Kissinger complimented a web video in which Block is seen smoking a cigarette. The ad became a viral Internet sensation.

Cain also named Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. and former Ambassador John Bolton as people he would appoint to his dream cabinet. But he said the people closest to a President Cain would be businesspeople with private sector experience -- something Cain says could help jolt the economy in a way the Obama administration hasn't.

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Former Ambassador John Bolton Not Running for President

Jemal Countess/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- John Bolton will not be making the Republican presidential field any more crowded.

The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night that he won’t be jumping into the race for the Republican nomination.

On the eve of Wednesday’s GOP debate in California, Bolton said on Fox: "I've decided not to run, but it was a very difficult decision."

It appears, however, that Bolton, who has a contract with Fox, still plans to insert his views on foreign policy into the mix.

"My view has not changed one iota that we need a much more robust debate on national security issues in this campaign,” he said.  "Our nation is sleep walking into crises internationally"

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Former UN Ambassador Might Seek GOP Presidential Nod

Jemal Countess/WireImage(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Add John Bolton to the list of potential candidates for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

The outspoken former United Nations ambassador made his presence known over the weekend at Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King's Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, blasting President Obama's foreign policy.

In particular, Bolton says that the White House and its allies waited too long to establish a no-fly zone over Libya and says it's up to the U.S. to get rid of Col. Moammar Gadhafi once and for all.

Although Bolton's credentials in foreign affairs is strong, he may have a difficult time with GOP hardliners on social issues, since he supports gays openly serving in the military and doesn't believe the government should ban homosexuals from marrying.

As for possible White House ambitions, Bolton, who has never held public office, says he can wait until the summer or fall to make a decision about running.

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Potential Presidential Candidates to Take the Stage in Iowa Saturday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Get ready for another 2012 “cattle call” in Ohio Saturday as the field of possible candidates comes into focus and they test their messages in front of Hawkeye State voters who are serious about their role in the presidential nominating process.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Georgia businessman Herman Cain and even former Ambassador John Bolton, who says a presidential run could still be in the cards, will all be on hand for Iowa Rep. Steve King’s Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines on Saturday.

Notably, this is Barbour's second visit to the state in just two weeks.  And, he heads from Iowa to New Hampshire next week for his first-ever visit as a potential candidate.  Not on the podium this weekend: The winner of the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who continues to be coy about his presidential ambitions.

Bob Vander Plaats, a well-known political figure in Iowa who ran unsuccessfully in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary last year and chaired Huckabee’s campaign here during the last presidential cycle, said that Huckabee was still doing his “due diligence” and shouldn’t be counted out yet.

“He sees the depth of support in Iowa, he sees the national polls with him up against Obama and faring very well -- probably the best of all Republicans," Vander Plaats told ABC News in an interview last night.  “My gut is he’s going to look at all options on how to get in versus how to get out.”

Another absentee at King’s event will be former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who announced the unveiling of his presidential exploratory committee earlier this week.  Still, no one can accuse Pawlenty of not paying attention to the state.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will also be a no-show -- so far, he’s focused more on behind-the-scenes fundraising.  Romney told a group of high-dollar donors in New York Thursday that it would take at least $50 million to successfully win the GOP presidential nomination.

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