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. independent

    Amazing. Ten minutes of fame and you are qualified to lead one of the biggest countries in the world.

    November 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. mario mtl ca

    He is done already

    November 23, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. roger

    Lou has to start as a senator or congressman even Obama had a 140 days as a senator under his belt when he announced fore president

    November 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. C Spurgeon

    Dobbs is showing some mental issues. Go join the Wackos Lou. Maybe after you don't get a nomination for either pres or Senj you can jgo on down and join the border militia....

    November 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Alexa

    You go Lou Dobbs! You got my vote!

    November 23, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. drew

    If he wants to run, good for him. Every boy and girl in America should grow up wanting to be the President. And thanks to our system, anybody can.

    November 23, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Steph

    Like we needed proof that he suffers from delusions of grandeur...

    November 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. D. Tree

    Oh man, this guy has a huge ego if he thinks he stands a chance at winning.

    Save your money, Dobbs!

    November 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Chris - Denver

    I hope he does it by forming a third party that siphons off all the birther types and tea-bag conspiracy nuts and leaves a GOP that is actually sane again.

    November 23, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. C- CITIZEN

    Bravo – We need an HONEST LOUD VOICE. Someone who will TELL it like it IS>

    November 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Nigel

    Lou Dobbs is a well read and inteligent . He's also not a part of the bought and paid for media propaganda machine. I seriously doubt he would even consider pairing up with an idiot like Palin. maybe id he teamed up with Ron Paul, we would actually have 2 guys with brains, who actually care about the American people and not just spewing out lip service just to get votes

    November 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Mickey

    Looks like everyone that has some sort of conspiracy theory will run for the GOP in 2012...how sad. If the Republicans know what's good for them, they better keep Dobbs a mile away.

    It wouldn't surprise me if he fired that bullet into his own house, just to garner sympathy.

    GOP: Evolve or die..

    November 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Peggy

    As a former Lou Dobbs watcher, all I can say is it's Fox's loss.

    November 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. walleye

    Good Luck Lou. Since you are alwayscriticizing Latinos, Blacks and everyone else, who would ever vote for you? At one time you were credible, but it appears you moved over to the Dark Side. You and Palin or Beck or whoever would be wonderful draining all those votes from the RepubliKlans. GO OBAMA.

    November 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. The Other Michael in Houston

    I guess he could have a chance, well that is at least all thw Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Gays, and most women decided not to vote in 2012

    November 23, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. wayne jones

    Now that is just to funny LOU DOBBS I must have read it wrong.rofl

    November 23, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Don

    Why all is hate towards Lou Dobbs? Because he doesn't get a "thrill running up his leg" when Obama talks? Lou seems to care about this country and has been equally critical of both Republicans and Democrats. Bad government is bad government. Why link him to Palin and Beck? He engaged with as many liberals as conservatives on his CNN show. I wish him luck!

    November 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Independent

    That's the most hilarious thing I heard all year in spite palin

    November 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Anyone new to consider, in the GOP, other than the same old rejects, is a breath of fresh air.

    November 23, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Paul

    You libs just don't get it. Dobbs speaks the plain truth. He is an America First person, which used to be how everyone in the USA was until not many years ago. He has actual opinions, and is not swayed by the polls, like your cheeseball.

    Dobbs and Lieberman, or equal. Not Sarah.

    You guys can really dish it out, as if Joe Biden or even your Messaiah are some kind of geniuses. What have they done in a year? Ha Ha

    Beware! Better not laugh too hard just yet!

    November 23, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Mary

    Go for it , Lou! If not president . How about Congress?

    November 23, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. hongli

    The one and only HOUSE that Lou Dobbs could run for is the "OUT-HOUSE'" . That's it.

    November 23, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Betty in Arizona

    OMG, unbelievable. Please run Lou, then there won't be a big decision of who to vote for. The choice will be clear, Obama will thrash you. You are a racist, and I am a senior, white woman. I remember when your show was worth watching, but the barring of teeth and ego swelled up head became really OLD fast. Good luck when you get to Fox News or where ever you go.

    November 23, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. 31m-PA

    You go Lou!!!! I will support you. I never liked the Republicans and thought the Dems were the best for the country until the primary season of 08 when the Dems showed their true colors. I will never vote for another Democrat.

    November 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Marko

    What an ego this moron has.......loser!

    November 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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