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. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Lou Dobbs and Bill O'reily should report the news and not try to 'become' the news. Someone that has a daily TVshow and has access to daily free TV time to spout off about their opinions shouldn't be allowed to run for any office.

    January 16, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. A Boomer for Obama

    Lou Dobbs has become an arrogant man who doesn't listen to his guests but talks over them in a demeaning fashion. His show has beconme a slanted, bombastic series of subjective editorials and like Eric wrote earlier has a liany of complaints with few realistic solutions.

    This "draft" will make him even more insufferable...in fact I have turned his election coverage off.

    January 16, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. REvans

    Save us Jesus save us from the likes of Hollywood Lou. If Dobbs tries to parley his show into a campaign just as Pat Buchanan did and he too will suffer a fate like Idiot Buchanan. If ol' Lou Boy decides to run he will suddenly find out that viewers and votes are two different things. Like all news personalities (journalism being a missing commodity on Lou's show and 85% of the rest of CNN as well as 99.9% at Fox) Lou thinks his diatribes are thought provoking, but when critics think about his nonsense and labels it as such he lashes out at them as being elitists. His rants against the Los Angeles Time's media critic is a case in point.

    He harps, complains, attacks, but at the end of it all, Lou is a dilettante.

    January 16, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Steve, Texas

    A Dobbs-O'Reilly ticket is just what America needs – that way, all we will see on TV are their 2 heads – both too big to fit on a single screen. I will need to buy another TV. Or better, just watch something else.

    January 16, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. MS Johnson City, TN

    Running for the President of the United States is not a joke. They know very well that it is much easier to sit in a chair, look in the camera and complain.

    Raising money for election and convincing voters to vote for them is entirely a different ballgame. A game they don't play because they don't know how to. That is the reason no TV journalist has ever become a successful politician. Lou Dobbs is no exception.

    January 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Evan Tribley Columbus, OH

    Lou Dobbs is almost as narrow minded as Bill O'Reilly. Maybe Bill can be his VP.

    January 16, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Lee - Houston, Tx.

    But "Leah DMarco", is there a law against a tv reporter or news anchor running for office? Should there be a law?If so, what other people would you prohibit from entering political races? Priests? Movie stars? Illegal aliens? Newspaper columnists? Can they run for office?

    January 16, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I agree with Lou on shipping all illegals back to the third-world hellholes they came from, but to hear him blather on about it every night, you'd think there were no other issues in the news. He is a blowhard who has been given an "anchor" platform by CNN to bore us to death, and cannot be taken seriously as a journalist.

    January 16, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. ben carling

    If you remove the names of the candidates that the anti-imigration group doesn't like from the front runners, that only leaves Mitt Romney. However Mitt Romney wasn't mentioned in the article. If people want a president that will be fair but tough on illegal imigration, they should vote for Romney. He's already running, he's got experience beyond the other candidates, and he apparently doesn't wear as much tv makeup as Lou Dobbs.

    January 16, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Anthony

    Gag me. If we want a xenophobic who majored in economics in the 1960s (it's true... read his bio; it explains his complete misunderstanding of free trade) running our country – Lou is our man! Just be prepared to pay at least five times what we pay now for food and basic services!

    January 16, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. John

    If a B movie actor with Altzheimers can make it to the Whitehouse so can a popular common sense News anchor man run Lou run.

    January 16, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. william

    Well, Tom. Yes, round them all up and boot them if they are illegal. The money men with their signs in Spanish and their pandering to foreigners with cash money to spend is the only enemy you would probably have. and that includes employers looking for no-cost labor. Illegal alien money talks, too. They don't care who you are, just give them the money. I told a merchant the other day that the sign in the window in Spanish didn't get my money. I couldn't read it and don't expect to make anything but English my native language at any time.
    If Lou Dobbs just reports the news, then we've lost another person who tells it like it is. What's wrong with someone telling it like it is instead of playing the "puppet" card. A Republican might get "beaten in the election by an independent with a stand?"Lou Dobbs for President

    January 16, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Mike

    Dobbs would not have a chance (no money for a Third Party run) and he already has a format to voice his opinion. Why run? This will probably lead to more books from Dobbs and Cafferty...and for us to have to tolerate Blitzer shamelessly promoting them (as well as his own show). Come on guys, you need to stop leverging your 'unbiased' CNN programs to self promote. Otherwise, your viewers will start to tune out.

    January 16, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Daniel

    I think Lou Dobbs running for president would be a very bad move for our country. I think someone running solely on the issue of immigration would have problems in an actual campaign. Does anyone remember Tancredo?

    January 16, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. David, CA

    Shameless. We've got the "These candidates don't cut it" editorial by Dobbs on the front page, the "Do you think any of the candidates are qualified for the job of president?" poll also on the front page, and then conveniently a "Draft Dobbs group emerges" headline on the Ticker. The only people interested in "drafting Dobbs" are Lou himself and his CNN associates. Of course Lou is probably the only one delusional enough to think he's a viable candidate; CNN is just hoping to drive some traffic to their site by pulling in some naive bloggers to report on the "story."

    January 16, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Say NO to Lou Dobbs

    Did you say Lou Dobbs running for President? The last thing we want in the white house is arrogant journalist

    January 16, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Madtown John

    This "article" reads like an article from "The Onion," especially Mr. Gheen's comments about Lou Dobb's being able to raise funds and grassroots support quickly. This is satire right?

    January 16, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Ann

    Years ago I enjoyed listening to Lou Dobbs. Of late however, he has become a consumate narcissist. His love of self is so blatent one feels they have witnessed an orgy after watching his nightly show.

    January 16, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. john williams san diego, ca.

    under a democrat president, dobbs should be named homeland security chief to stop the mexican invasion ..McCain will never do it.

    January 16, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. David

    I for one wont be voting for this angry, arrogant, snobby blowhard. Shame on you CNN!

    January 16, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  21. steve wilmington

    You should run...not sure what all of the above negative posters are thinking about. You have correctly pointed out the key issues over the last decade. There are many supporters of your views. I am unclear as to why someone would want arrogant politicians instead of someone who has been listening to the public sentiment more closely. If you do run, remember to stick to your guns. Do not hold back.

    January 16, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. Steve, Chappaqua, N.Y.

    I think Lou should go home tonight and have a scotch, a pork chop, and a cigar, and give this some serious thought.

    January 16, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Boca

    lou dobbs for president? ahahahhahahahha. no way. this guy is the worst personality on cnn. Wolff Blitzer 08 is more like it.

    January 16, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. Anita

    I think Lou would make a great President. He makes more sense in one sentence than all these other candidates' campaign speeches put together. Lou is smart and he's aware of what it would take to get this country back in shape. I guess all the negative responders here don't want somebody who actually sticks up for the American people, and somebody who would straighten this economy out.. So, go ahead, vote for one of those empty promises people and that way you can enjoy complaining about the state of this country for another four years.

    January 16, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. S Williams

    I used to watch his show, then realized he's a one-trick pony.

    Illegal aliens
    Illegal aliens
    Illegal aliens
    Illegal aliens
    Illegal aliens

    oh, and then a noun and a verb.

    His schtick as being a proponent of the middle-class is tainted by his constantly calling everyone else idiots and morons.

    He's CNN's version of Bill O'Reilly.

    January 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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