January 16th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Draft Dobbs group emerges

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2007/US/11/06/Dobbs.Nov7/ART.LOU.DC.CNN.jpg caption= "CNN Anchor Lou Dobbs."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Move over Michael Bloomberg. Another famous figure is the subject of a presidential draft movement: CNN's own Lou Dobbs.

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC - a group, according to its Web site, that supports candidates "who make illegal immigration reduction a top priority" - launched a campaign Wednesday designed to convince the CNN anchor to enter the presidential race if a so-called "pro-amnesty" candidate wins the Republican presidential nomination. According to the group, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani all fall into that category.

William Gheen, the president of ALIPAC, said the group has over 25,000 active supporters spread across all 50 states and an overwhelming majority of them are ready to support a Dobbs presidential bid. Gheen also expressed confidence in Dobbs' wide electoral appeal.

"Lou Dobbs could run and win because he could easily raise the funds and grassroots support he needs to be a historic and viable candidate quickly," he said. The public is eager to rebuke the DC status quo and would quickly rally to Dobbs."

The group has launched an official Web site and is already using it to solicit fundraising pledges for the potential run and showcase Dobbs anti-illegal immigration stance.

Buzz has long surrounded a Lou Dobbs presidential bid in the blogosphere - even more so after Dobbs wrote a column for CNN.com last November in which he hypothesized an "Independent populist" would win the White House. (The Wall Street Journal published a piece soon after that claimed Dobbs was "seriously contemplating" a bid.)

"I can't imagine any one of the current candidates for their party's nomination being chosen by the American people to lead this nation for the next four years," Dobbs wrote in his column. "I believe the person elected a year from now will be an Independent populist, a man or woman who understands the genius of this country lies in the hearts and minds of its people and not in the prerogatives and power of its elites."

"I believe next November's surprise will be the election of a man or woman of great character, vision and accomplishment, a candidate who has not yet entered the race," he wrote.

Dobbs has repeatedly said he has no plans to run for president. But speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week, he refused to rule it out. (Watch Dobbs on a potential presidential bid)

"You never say never, but the fact of the matter is, my commitment, my interest lies in being - doing what I do, which is that of an advocacy journalist on this great network," he said, adding "I'm very flattered by the thoughts."

Gheen acknowledged Dobbs' entrance into the race was unlikely, but said his group is ready to "camp outside his office" should McCain, Huckabee, or Guilaini win the GOP nomination.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Lou Dobbs
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Tom Davie

    I am a big Lou Dobbs fan. He is saying all the stuff we americans are saying in private.

    However, I have a question or two.

    Lou gets mad about a lot of things, but doesnt ever suggest what he would do about it.

    Take immigration. He is mad (and rightfully so) that we havent protected the borders and have 20million illegal aliens roaring around. We all would like to protect the border. And that isnt being done.

    But he fails to mention what the heck we are supposed to DO about the 20mil illegals alreay here. How does one propose to get the resources to BOOT them all out?

    The damage is done, and all the whining and complaining about it doesnt solve the issue.

    Either we bring the entire army home and go on a witch hunt to round them all up and boot them out.

    Or we give them a form or amnesty.

    If lou can tell us how he would round them all up, Im all ears.

    But I wish he would stop complaing about something we cant do much about (the illegals that are already here) and start to MOVE FORWARD about making them legal so they can pay taxes.

    January 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Lori

    Dobbs has been a little too full of himself these last couple of years. I'm getting tired of him.

    January 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Lee Egg Harbor NJ

    His considerable ego just got bigger.

    January 16, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. mike kaplan

    Is this a joke?

    January 16, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. James

    Lou Dobbs has taken his viewers to heart and is entertaining running for president. He has railed how all the candidates are just speaking pablum for the masses. But there is one person who Mr. Dobbs knows isn't just saying what voters want to hear but Mr. Dobbs never mention this. Ron Paul has answers to hard questions. You may not like the answers but he says them. He is backed by a voting record clean of the graft common in the house of prostitution known as Washington DC. He cannot be bought. I have listened to Mr. Dobbs repeatedly rail on how all the candidates are the same. Lou, this just isn't so. We have the neocons, Romney, McCain, Huckabee, and Thompson. Liberals turned conservative. then we have the true conservative, Ron Paul. Mr. Dobbs, you have had many opportunities to make mention of this difference, but have done what all the media have done and that is to ignore an honorable man who lives by his integrity. Just this slight alone in my humble estimation would eliminate you for consideration for president. You have already been bought and payed for by not pointing out Ron Paul as singular in voting record and ethics.

    January 16, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Eric, Chicago,IL

    Lou Dobbs is a media tool.

    He is always quick to complain about the problems in this country, but never one to offer up solutions.

    He also inevitably will join any bandwagon so long as it is a bandwagon rolling against the democratic or republican parties.

    January 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. PRG Fishers, IN


    It is amazing to me that you can twist records so much so that people are blinded by hate. I don't know one Presidential candidate that has endorsed amnesty. Yet, you continue to post viewpoints of extremist as if they are mainstream to feed you own ego. Perhaps the reason why you list those Republican candidates is because know they will give a Democrat the biggest challenge. It's no secret that CNN favors Democratic views and while you claim independence, your record on views is more Democratic. While I agree with you on some of your views, it is disappointing that you would post something like this!

    January 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Dan

    CNN should be ashamed.

    The "most trusted name in news" has a well-known anchor with a considerable axe to grind, who's using his show to sell his book, and potentially launch a political career.

    He may have a legitimate point, but if he wants to make it this way, he should get out of the news business. America should demand better, and CNN should too, to avoid earning the same label as that "fake" news station.

    January 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. rick

    who cares..americans are too stupid to agree on an intelligent president.

    January 16, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Jacik form WV

    Lou Dobbs yes! He has the education and he knows the difference between right and wrong something our politicians have forgotten or never knew. He has no special interest groups to give back positions in the government. I would be willing to bet that all of those who are running for President are hoping he will not run. He has been very vocal about over spending, illegals, open borders, and lets not forget those border patrol agents still in prison while drug dealears are getting pardoned. None of the candidates running so far have mentioned in detail at all their position on any of this wonder why that is. Lou Dobbs has nothing to gain but "we the people" have much to gain with Lou Dobbs. None of those running for President excite me, Lou Dobbs , now that's excieting, finally a choice that I can vote for and live with rather than the old picking the lesser of two evils!!!! Go Lou Dobbs

    January 16, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Laurinda

    I would like to make a comment if I may. If Lou Dobbs decided to run he would certainly get my vote. As far as Lou getting angry that does not bother me in the least. There are alot of angry Americans and we have reasons to be after eight years of having a moron as president. Also there is no reason why people can't get angry, are we suppose to walk around with a smile on our faces when this country is falling apart. Bush always has a smile on his face because he has no idea what he is doing. I personally would like to twist his lips 180 degrees right into a frown.

    January 16, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Matt

    Dobbs has it very easy criticizing every candidate from the safety of his show. He's a populist and pretends to speak for the people. He acts like the typical politicians he claims to despise so much.

    I also like how he will never talk to anyone who disagrees with him and all the emails to the show seem to honor his greatness. Dobbs, Cafferty, Beck- all are on CNN for one reason- ratings. These people have no business being on a news station as they do not report, they complain about America and try to make stupid jokes in the vein of John Stewart.

    January 16, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Bill, Albany, NY

    rick January 16, 2008 6:14 pm ET

    who cares..americans are too stupid to agree on an intelligent president.

    Not really its just the south and the Evangelical nuts that dont have an education above a 5th grader. The rest of the country is pretty intelligent.

    January 16, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. david

    It's now official. CNN has lowered itself to the level of FOX News and Bill O'Reilly. This is not news, only the shameless promotion of Dobbs. I'm tired of seeing his egocentric diatribes listed alongside actual news stories on cnn.com. Now he's invaded the "ticker" as well. That's it for me - I'm moving to google news.

    January 16, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Sean McM

    Terrific news.....shall visit the web site, and if he elects to run I will certainly contribute! Truth is, we cannot afford INCOMPETENCE and or INEXPERIENCE in the Presidency.

    January 16, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Grace, Overland Park, Kansas

    "Dobbs has been a little too full of himself these last couple of years. I'm getting tired of him"

    "His considerable ego just got bigger."

    amen to that. he's a pompous windbag who is so repetitive. how egotistical of him to think that he can go from being a talking head to the President without having one iota of political experience. granted, experience isn't that important for being the President but still, he won't be able to raise any money if donors have no idea about whether or not he is electable since he has never ran for nor won public office. I don't think people want to throw money down a worthless cause. and do we really want a xenophobic man for President? he'll isolate America from the rest of the world in no time.

    and stop plugging your book lou. please, you are becoming annoying. your drivel is hardly based on fact. you know what? go ahead and run for President. maybe that way i won't have to see your plastic surgery enhanced face babbling on and on. oh yeah, and take that blathering loser glenn beck with you too. maybe the both of you can run together. that would be fun.

    January 16, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. rick smith

    I've just voted in the past, but if LOU runs, I will give money, make phone calls, go door to door, stand out on the street with a sign, what ever it takes, to help LOU DOBBS be the next president of the United States, it would only take him a year, to fix this mess we are in, then it would be 7 years, to make this country, what our four fathers only dreamed, what it could be, after 8 years we make him KING,

    January 16, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. howard

    Americans are kind of stupid when it comes to keeping track of what is going on in DC, and DC knows it. That is how certain agendas are taken care of. Just like the amnesty this summer, everyone thought it was for the illegals, wrong. It was design to get DC off the hook of non-enforcement and to legitimize a illegal workforce. The politicians tried to bring it up before but it didn't seem to popular. That is why a few chosen people got together behind close doors to solve the issue, imagine if they discussed it out in public. You can still see some of the amnesty beast in the new bill although it is disguised somewhat. The new SAVE act pushes border security and ID verification but leaves emplyers up to four years to verify employees. So who is this bill really taking care of? Businesses emplying illegals. And we thought it was for us.

    January 16, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Judy

    People think Lou Dobbs is a leader? Say it ain't so. I liked Lou Dobbs back in the day when he was a financial reporter. Now, he has lost his mind! Why does anyone give a rat's haunches what this reporter thinks. He needs to stick to reporting the news. . .not making the news.

    January 16, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Citizen For Better America

    Lou for president?

    What a joke.

    Lou is full of it. An anti globalization person with a bag full of ego. He probably does not even know that the tie he is wearing probably comes from some other part of the world.

    If he get elected we will see global trade in shambles with extreme tariffs among countries that would drive us to pre Bretton Woods.


    January 16, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh Lord,
    Might as well draft Tancredo back.

    January 16, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    PRG Fishers, IN wrote...

    I don't know one Presidential candidate that has endorsed amnesty.


    You've got to be kidding right?

    All three democratic candidates supported the amnesty legislation that was defeated in June. McCain had a big part in writing and pushing the legislation. Huckabee wanted to grant illegal aliens in state tuition, something I, a lifelong U.S. citizen wouldn't be eligible for. Guiliani ran the largest sanctuary city in the nation.

    The democratic candidates still favor amnesty. Huckabee and Guiliani are pretending to tough on illegal immigration for campaign reasons only. McCain is still stuck on amnesty but refuses to call it amnesty. Anything that doesn't require illegal aliens to leave and get in the back of the line is amnesty, plain and simple.

    The best candidate on illegal immigration, Tom Tancredo, is out of the race but endorses Romney who has a record of actually doing something about it. Thompson seems committed to fighting illegal immigration as well. The others, with the exception of Paul, in my opinion, are just jumping on the bandwagon to get elected. Once elected it will be business as usual on this issue.

    As evidenced by the largest grassroots movement in recent history defeating the establishment (congress, lobbyist and big business in their quest for the amnesty legislation), Lou's views are not extremist and are in fact truly mainstream. But not in the MSM sense of the word.

    January 16, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. stan pitts pa

    i love lou dobbs show, i have got the utmost respect for him as he is very clear on issues and has most Americans on his side. my only issue with him is that he comes across as a little, anti-obama! i dont want him to be for any candidate but please continue to remain fair and balanced!

    January 16, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Jacob, Orange County, CA

    Wow, I think if I had to choose a CNN anchor for president the last one would be Lou Dobbs.

    January 16, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. Jr., California

    How bout Sean Hannity?

    January 16, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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