This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," November 16, 2006, that was edited for clarity.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Well, Iran says that it is ready to take the final step in its nuclear program, while North Korea threatens to pull away from nuclear talks. And the one guy who has been working tirelessly to squash these threats could be about to get the boot.
With us now, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, who must be confirmed by the Senate before Democrats take control to keep his job. And, increasingly, that doesn't look like it's going to happen.
Ambassador, that's not right.
JOHN BOLTON, UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO UNITED NATIONS: Well, thank you for having me here, to begin with.
It's — it's something that I'm content to let the Senate and the White House work on. You know, I'm concentrating up here on North Korea, Iran, Darfur, Lebanon. And the White House is working very hard to get a vote on the Senate floor. And I think, if we had a vote on the Senate floor, the nomination would be successful. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping they can do it in Washington.
CAVUTO: All right, Joe Biden had said last week: Mr. President, give us another nominee.
What did you think when you heard that?
BOLTON: Well, it's obviously up to the president.
And I was very gratified and honored — and I have been since serving at the beginning of his administration — that he continuous to push the nomination forward. And I think we have got several weeks now in the lame-duck session. But we will just see what happens.
CAVUTO: All right. Now, I'm — maybe steer me through Washington politics — I guess you have gotten a baptism by fire through this — but what could a lame-duck session do? It could technically still approve you, but it has to get to the floor. What is the difficulty?
At this point, all of the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are continuing to vote against me. And I don't doubt that they would vote against me on the floor. One possibility would be that they would say: Look, we are going to vote against Bolton, but the president's nominee deserves an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. Vote the nomination out without recommendation. Let each individual senator on the floor make up his or her mind.
CAVUTO: I have been wondering, is there another way around it, another — someone said an alternative way of paying your salary or giving you a different title, let's say deputy U.N. representative, something like that, has that been discussed?
BOLTON: Well, there — there is a lot of speculation out there.
But I think we have got our eyes focused on the confirmation route. We think that — that there's a good shot at having it happen. I was very gratified earlier this year that Senator Voinovich, who had been a critic and an opponent last year, looked at the performance up here, and said: I'm going to vote for Bolton.
I think there are some others out there. You know, Joe Lieberman announced during the recent campaign he would vote to confirm me. So, I think if we could just, as I say, get it — get the nomination to the floor, we will see what happens then. That would be the fair thing...
CAVUTO: But, in your gut, that really doesn't look likely, right?
BOLTON: Well, I think the — the odds are uphill. But we still have several weeks to go. So, that's what the White House is focused on.
CAVUTO: Ambassador, I have heard from others who are saying, the president might not want to stake this bipartisanship environment on pushing and ramming you through, so that you might actually, ironically, be a sacrificial lamb.
What do you make of that?
BOLTON: Well, I don't — I don't want to speculate on what might come next.
One thing I learned, among the many things I learned from Secretary Powell, is that, in this situation, it really is true that the political nominees depend on the pleasure of the president. I have been honored to serve him. I will be satisfied with whatever decision he makes.
Right now, we are focused on seeing if we can get some action on the Senate floor.
CAVUTO: All right.
If you don't mind my belaboring this point, Ambassador, one is that those who were against you going into this thought you would be a bull in the china shop, that — that you would get everybody annoyed, that you would have no people skills, that you were a horrible human being, yadda, yadda.
It turns out that you have done a pretty fine job. And, when — when — when ambassadors from China and Russia and some of the other countries sing your praises, did that mollify some of those critics? Did you ever privately hear, hey, you know, Bolton is not the guy we thought he would — he would be?
BOLTON: Well, you know, if I were the person that they had caricatured me to be, I probably wouldn't have voted for me anyway.
BOLTON: So, it's — it's no surprise that I didn't turn out be that way.
But I do think that, if people look at performance, I would be happy to be judged on my performance over the past 16 months. But that — that requires getting it to the Senate floor. So...
CAVUTO: OK. But, again, there's been no talk, short of that, of giving you another appointment or another way around a Senate appointment?
BOLTON: As I say, there has been a lot of speculation in the media about it.
BOLTON: We prefer to keep our focus on what may happen in the Senate.
CAVUTO: All right.
Now, to many in the conservative community, and — and the larger Republican Party as a whole, you have become a bit of a rock star. Have you considered, if this doesn't work out — and I don't want to jinx it, but if it doesn't work out — running for office?
BOLTON: No, I haven't.