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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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Obama Formally Nominates Locke for U.S. Ambassador to China

George Doyle/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama made it official Wednesday morning in the Diplomatic Reception Room, formally nominating Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next US Ambassador to China

Flanked by Locke, Secretary of State Clinton, and Chief of Staff Bill Daley, the president first said a few words first about his outgoing Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, a possible Republican White House contender in 2012. 

"During his tenure, Jon has been an outstanding advocate for this administration and for this country," Obama said, "and has helped to strengthen our critical relationship with the Chinese government and the Chinese people.  And so I am very grateful for his service."

President Obama highlighted Secretary Locke's family ties to China – calling him the "grandson of a Chinese immigrant who went on to live the American dream." Locke's grandfather left China on a steamboat bound for Washington State where he worked as a domestic servant in exchange for English lessons.

"A century later, his grandson will return to China as America's top diplomat," Obama noted of the symbolism of his nomination.

"I'm going back to the birthplace of my grandfather, my father, my mom, and her side of the family, and I'll be doing so as a devoted and passionate advocate for America, the country where I was born and raised," Secretary Locke said.

The president also emphasized Locke's work in his two years as the Commerce Secretary, advocating for American businesses and exports around the world. He said this would be a role Mr. Locke would continue to play in his new job.

"He's earned the trust of business leaders across America by listening to their concerns, making it easier for them to export their goods abroad, and dramatically reducing the time it takes to get a patent. When he's in Beijing, I know that American companies will be able to count on him to represent their interests in front of China's top leaders."

Locke said he is eager to manage "one of America's most critical and complex diplomatic, economic, and strategic relationships," as he takes on the new challenge.

The president singled out Locke's family -- his wife and three kids -- who will be packing up shortly to move to Beijing. The president said he was commiserating with the family's 14-year-old daughter about having to move around a lot as a child.

"I assured her it would be great 10 years from now. Right now it's probably a drag," the president joked.  

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