November 23rd, 2009
08:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Lou Dobbs weighing White House run in 2012

Can Lou Dobbs make the leap from the anchor desk to the Oval Office?
Can Lou Dobbs make the leap from the anchor desk to the Oval Office?

(CNN) - Can Lou Dobbs make the leap from the anchor desk to the Oval Office?

A radio interviewer on WTOP joked Monday about the "crazy" idea that the former CNN host could mount a White House bid in 2012 - but Dobbs wasn't laughing. "What's so crazy about that?" he responded in the interview broadcast on the Washington, D.C. station.

"Well, I'll tell you this much: it's one of the discussions that we're having," Dobbs said. "For the first time, I'm actually listening to some people about politics."

Dobbs, who amicably parted ways with the network earlier this month, also told former Sen. Fred Thompson that he was definitely weighing a run.

"I'm going to be talking some more with some folks who want me to listen to them in the next few weeks," Dobbs said on the 2008 Republican presidential candidate's radio show. "I just don't even know even what to tell you in terms of where I'm leaning, because right now I'm fortunate to have just a number of wonderful options."

The former anchor's strong views on illegal immigration have made him a lightning rod for criticism from Hispanic groups, and a popular figure in some conservative quarters.


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  1. william fitzwater

    My advice to Dobbs is this it is far , far ,easier to complain about the way the country is run than to manage the asylum.

    November 23, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    sorry Dobbs i'll be voting for obama again in 2012 and so will every other real american

    November 23, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    Dobbs would be great as President. He has more stage presence than Obama, more intelligence than Obama and actually understands basic economics. What a refresher that would be.

    November 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Harry

    Gosh, I suspected he was a bit arrogant, but this is way over the top.

    November 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Lou would fall flat on his face when he discovers that its easier to criticize than govern.

    November 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Sooze from Kona

    Lou Dobbs for President sounds CRAZY. He was so indepentant that we always wrote him off as a crazy like Glenn Beck. He never had a good word of support for our President. I wouldn't vote for Lou to run the local animal shelter.
    Thank goodness that CNN gave him the boot. Time for Lou to retire.

    November 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Gate

    Maybe he can ask David Duke to be his running mate. They have a lot of similar views on race.

    November 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. SusieQ

    Well, if Lou Dobbs run for President, then I'm going to get my 14 year old sister to run for Vice-president! What a joke!

    November 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. David in San Diego

    That's amazing. The "Le Pen" of American public life (cf. the French you love to hate) apparently believes that demagogic national chauvinism is a ticket to political success. Bring it on!!
    Palin/Dobbs (or Dobbs/Palin) on an indpeendent-type ticket would utterly destroy the GOPhers.

    November 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. John

    Lou, please stay home.

    November 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Dobbs and the AK quitter in 2012! Then again, they are both quitters.
    Thanks CNN of all the useless info on the beauty queen that's getting way old (like her) this was really one that I had to laught out loud. :) :)

    November 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Laverne

    Please do and then he can see just how much he is hated by a lot of people. He won't get the African American vote, he definitely won't get the Latino vote, he won't get the liberal vote, most of the dem vote and he won't get most of the young vote. I would love to see Mr. Dobbs make a fool of himself. It's one thing to spew your hate from behind a desk and another to be accountable to the American people for spewing your hate. Please run Lou, please!

    November 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Christian Values

    Lou Dobbs is a moron. He's never uttered a truth in his entire life. Only idiots would respect the dirt bag!

    November 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. geecee

    Definitely. Go ahead, Lou. You and Sarah, or Sarah and You, or you and Glenn Beck, or Glenn Beck and Sarah. Or whatever. You lose no matter what. So, please yes, do it.

    November 23, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Maria, Texas

    Yeah!! As a 5th generation Texan, of Hispanic descent, I would be thrilled to cast my vote for Lou Dobbs. I'm probably one of a few Hispanics who has the guts to stand up and say ENOUGH with continuing to let all sorts of illegals into this country. I work 7 days a week, 10-14hr days (with no overtime) and I'm taxed to the hilt to pay for them. Majority of those illegals make low wages, meaning they don't pay any taxes, and in fact, they get tax credit $ back!...because they use stolen social secuiry numbers and they get the Earned Child Tax Credit $. Enough! I'm sick of paying for all of them ruining my country. And I challenge true Hispanic AMERICANS to stop playing the victim role (like most blacks do today) and stop putting your hand out for handouts, and put our country first or we will end up becoming a 3rd world country. You laugh now...but it will happen if you don't have the guts to protect America. If you can't see this, you are really Stupid and ignorant.

    November 23, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Msdp

    Lou, please don't believe everything that you hear. Don't be fooled, you donot have what it takes to be a President; better yet, you can for Prez and Sarah can be your VPrez. Go for it!!!!

    November 23, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Dobbs is an angry crazy hateful old white man who sees nothing positive in America but himself.

    November 23, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Ruty

    Oh yeah–Ya Betcha . Lou Dobbs? Sounds like another Palin saga.

    November 23, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Bigloo will fit right in with the incredible shrinking socialist RNC.

    November 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Kevin Denver Colorado

    "For the first time, I'm actually listening to some people about politics."

    -That should be your tag line Lou................ since you obviously haven't been till now! I wanna see YOUR birth certificate........... and not one of those photoshopped versions that says you were born a man.

    November 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. The Real Repblican Motto: "In Fear We Trust"

    Great. Yet another fear mongering paranoid conspiracy theorist who thinks he should be running the world.

    Can't wait to see how he tries to spin his anti-immigration stance to win the Hispanic vote while not alienating the lunatic fringe on the right. That would be something to watch.

    November 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Beyond being angry about illegal immigration, what else does Lou Dobbs stand for and think about? I don't know and almost never watched his show. I would hope if he is planning on running, that he would have many other people running along side him for offices in the House and Senate.

    November 23, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Jim in San Mateo

    What a joke?

    The only ailment that this country is facing that Lou Dobbs has NOT blamed on illegal immigration is global warming, but if there was a plausible way to do it, he would.

    November 23, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. sharon

    now there is a losing ticket; pailn and dobbs................
    dobbs.........ya know she'll be the pres. canidate.....ya bettcha!!!!!!!
    you'll be the.......?????????????????

    November 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Bob in San Jose

    Oh, just super!!! A pundit who has never been responsible for anything except news ratings wants to be president. Shouldn't he at least try community organizing first?

    November 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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