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. Todd

    Cue the mass exodus of people from the US if he were to win...

    November 23, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Jose

    Maybe you could join forces with Palin and Juliani and it could be a three ring circus!

    November 23, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Wallace

    Go Lou !

    November 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Tania

    Ah, the FOX Party! oooooh! at least they'll all be together

    November 23, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Pee Wee

    It would be a step up from what we're saddled with now.

    November 23, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Texas Doc

    Do it, do it, do it, do it! Run with Huckabee, Romney, anybody! The GOP needs more candidates like you! OMG can you imagine the tea party we will have when you win.....the .00002% of voters that will support you? Dude, why are you waiting?

    November 23, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. William

    Good heavens–the ego must be bursting. He has much less chance than Palin even with a FEW dedicated supporters. But indeed Fred Thompson should be his adviser– he who did so well on his own and biggest mistake was leaving Law and Order.

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Jenny P

    "Dobbs, who amicably parted ways with the network earlier this month"...

    Really? You call that amicable? I'd hate to see what 'hostile' means to CNN>

    November 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Carnell From The Motor City!

    Good Luck Mr. Lou Dobb...Dobb...Dobbs! With Trying To Win The Latino Vote. Can You Say No Chance In Hell.

    November 23, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. jeff

    I think Lou is a little confused. While he certainly likes whining, I am not so sure he would like it as much if directed at him.

    November 23, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Constance

    This must be a joke.

    November 23, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. branxini

    Now THAT would be scary. Stephen King's "Dead Zone" was written about this kind of populist...

    November 23, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. patronofhealing

    I did like Dobbs. Even if I didn't agree with him, I respected him as a reporter because he spoke his mind rather well.

    Let's see how things turn out.

    November 23, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. ct jeff

    you go LOU!!

    November 23, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. thrixdog

    Hey Lou,

    Why don't you just o over to your new friends at Fox and run your mouth, instead of running for office. Better yet maybe you should run, then in a month or so after the first primary you can drop out like Fred Thompson did. Maybe it will bring you back to earth.

    November 23, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Sparky

    Have I just tuned in to the Comedy Channel?

    November 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Dobbs/Beck 2012! – the lowest campaign getting the lowest amount of votes!

    November 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Mike in NJ

    Erm, I would not vote for Lou Dobbs. Good luck in your other endeavors, Mr. Dobbs.

    November 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    Lou, I think you are a decent man, that I happen to disagree politically with, please don't shed your last bit of credibility by making a fool out of yourself by trying to do this. No offense, but no one wants a president who calls his oppenents "Socialist" if you disagree with them. I can't stop you from running, but you will suffer a national embarrasment if you try to run. Stick to what you know a little bit about, journalism. Thank you.

    November 23, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Jayden,FL

    Hahah you've got to be kidding me? Mr Dobbs is a racist man!... plus he does not believe President Obama was born in the US...

    November 23, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Gary

    Lou,

    I stopped watching your poor excuse of a show many months ago. I'm glad you also realized that you were losing your following and decided to leave your CNN gig shortly after singing your high note.

    I think your attempt to run for the White House is laughable at best. As a Presidential candidate, you will actually have to engage in problem-solving dialogue instead of sensationalizing issues for ratings. Like Limbaugh, I don't think you're up for the challenge.

    If the GOP is crazy enough to let you represent them in 2012 (God willing, with Palin as your running mate), then I predict a second term for Obama.

    When you were an impartial journalist, you were amazing. I'm afraid you should have stuck with what you knew!

    November 23, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Merv

    Go for it, Lou. You'll drain votes from whoever the GOP puts up and help ensure that the lunatic fringe doesn't call this shots in this country. That includes you.

    November 23, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Leo

    Would Mr. Independent dare become the darling of the GOP?

    I would just love to watch Obama thrash him in a debate.

    November 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. I am the not-so-great and powerless wizard of Rush

    He can run with Beck under the "Narcissus" party banner.

    November 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Monster Zero

    If Lou Dobb's runs as an Independent, he would have my vote! You want to blame a group for where America now finds itself, blame White America. Blame them for being too lax, too caring and too giving; all at the cost to the betterment of our Nation.

    November 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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