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

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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. frank5057

    Lou Dobbs needs to stay right where he is, on the air. He has done much good for the conservative values this country needs to get back to, AGAIN. Lou, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage and many more Independents and Conservatives need to pound American values on the air DAILY. God bless them and this great country.

    January 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. jyfranca

    Suzanne Malveaux will make a great vice president I hope Obama will pick her as his running mate.

    January 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Cathexis; Raleigh, NC

    Draft Lou Dobbs?

    That's a FANTASTIC idea! Should have been done back in 2003! That is "right" on so many levels! It just ...

    Oh ...

    For President?!?"

    I thought you meant for Iraq.

    Never mind. 😉

    January 17, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Lou Dobbs must control what gets on the ticker at CNN. Can't stand any other opinion but your own?

    My earlier post disappeared almost before it showed up. We can only hope that any thoughts Lou Dobbs has of becomng President disappears as fast.

    What an egomaniac he his.

    January 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Eric

    It won't happen, we Americans are too ignorant to elect someone that isn't already part of the corrupt system.

    January 17, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. DJ

    I have started to wonder, actually, when I watch "Lou Dobbs Tonight", if CNN is a news network or and editorial network. I appreciate the fact that Lou has very stong opinions on subjects, but I am becoming weary of hearing his very subjective "report" of current events.

    Is the show SUPPOSED to be an hour of editorializing? Perhaps I missed the whole point of "Lou Dobbs Tonight."

    January 17, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Lou Dobbs, albeit an egomaniac, does put a very harsh spot light on a hot topic issue. It is an issue that effects all of us. As far as becoming president Lou Dobbs has about as much chance as Fred Thompson.

    Illegal immigration will never be a win – win scenario. Basic macroeconomics will tell you that when money is removed from the supply the economy suffers. The money supply moves in a circle through the economy. Banks invest in corporations allowing the corporations to grow. Those growing companies hire new employees. Those new employees now have a disposable income they can put into banks in the form of savings. The banks use those saving to invest in corporations and the cycle starts all over again until eventually an equilibrium is reached.

    When illegal immigrants earn money and send that money back "home" to their country of origin the monetary supply is reduced and the economy suffers. They, in a very real sense, break the money cycle.

    The solution is already within our grasp, and one Lou Dobbs has advocated since the beginning. Our politicians and state legislators are just unwilling to take that hard line in fear they will not be re-elected. Sanctuary cities even pass ordinances that contradict our own Federal laws. This solution is to enforce the laws we already have on the books, which means leving large fines on corporations and businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Arizona has recently taken this hard line and wouldn't you know, the illegal immigrants are leaving this state on their own accord. Our "politically correct" society would rather demonize the illegal immigrant than point the finger at the real cause of the problem, the companies that knowingly hire them.

    Some argue this hard line has a negative affect on the economy because the employee pool is reduced. The reality is that in times of employee scarcity industrial technology advancements boom. Corporations look to technology to solve their employee issues. This has happened historically many times. The cotton industry and textiles industry are perfect examples.

    The political pressures put on industries has already caused new technologies to arise. The advances in agriculture technology is increasing at a rate higher than manufacturing advances causing a marked decrease in the amount of labor needed to produce food. The number of people one farmer can feed has increased 69% since the 1950's due solely to advances in growing techniques.

    In this light, the argument that we need illegal immigrants to keep our food supply running is disingenuous at best. The mindset is nothing more than fear mongering by amnesty advocates.

    January 17, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Jose Card - Independent

    Lou Dobbs is not part of the system and he is smart so he may have a better chance to make real change for the better.

    However, he may have to answer people like James on why he did not honor Ron Paul as a man of integrity and character. Is he not convinced? If so, he needs to address the reason why he disagrees with Dr. Paul.

    But Lou Dobbs has to decide to run first. It will be lots of sacrifice on his part under our political system. His anchor job at CNN is not the same as the senators' job paid for by our taxpayers. He is not filthy rich. He may have to quit his CNN job or take a leave of absence till November.

    I know some people don't want Lou Dobbs to run for good reasons.
    He may just win.

    January 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. John G, New York, NY

    CNN needs to be careful here. This is a non-issue and Lou Dobbs is only a viable candidate in the minds of the reporters at CNN and Mr. Dobbs himself. Are we now suppose to assume that CNN is ENDORSING Mr. Dobbs' prosepctive candidacy? Can we also expect candidates who represent (and are reported on) the various major news outlets?

    I am a huge fan of CNN....but this really has the potential to undermine your viability as a news service with integrity.

    January 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. dale hendon

    Tom Davie; Where have you been? What have you been smoking?

    Lou has made very specific statements regarding what must be done and how.
    Throwing your emtional arms in the air and saying we have no solutions except amnesty is just plain stupid.

    January 17, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Dave

    I used to say anybody but Hillary. Now I am not so sure. . .

    January 17, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Marc

    LOU DOBBS!!!! Give me a break... This guy is a "has been" whose career was resurected by the immigration debate. Only in America where more and more the electorate is getting less informed could a guy like Dobbs be thinking that he could be the leader of the Free World... We are not children though... Beside speaking behind a microphone unchallenged every night, what has this guy done in his life? Describing the problems over and over and bad mouthing both sides adnauseum hardly qualify one to be President of the US. The dead Presidents must be be rolling in their grave... Stop this Lou Dobbs nonsense... Please

    January 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. AEOregon

    We can try to vote safely, as usual, or we can support Lou Dobbs and do what is absolutely best for America. You all know the saying "lesser of two evils"? Well even the lesser of the two evils, is still evil. Why not vote for someone who we KNOW will do what is wanted and needed by and for Americans? Support Lou Dobbs, the most common sense I have heard for a while, as well, Lou Dobbs was someone both my deceased father, a staunch old school democrat, and I, a lifelong Republican voter, could agree on. Lou is not partisan, he is just American, that's what WE need now.

    January 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. bellyfullnonsense

    I've had a belly full of this nonsense...Lou Dobbs echoes my feelings on a regular basis. I'll be watching this very closely -in whatever capacity -he can help our country get it right.

    January 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Lansing Dowdell

    As one small voice I personally call the White House at 1-202-456-1111 and leave my comments for President Bush. He may never get my individual assesments of how I feel, so I trust Mr. Lou Dobbs to pound home his messages that I always seem to agree with wholeheartedly. We certainly need his perspectives stated with a fire in the belly attitude on our media channels. If you haven't gotten it yet,yea Lou Dobbs.

    January 17, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Scott C

    What a joke! Lou Dobbs: Staypuff Marshmellow Man makes bid for the White House, declaring, "If 'W' can do it, so can I." No offense Lou, but you're right where you belong; you're at the pinnacle of your occupational existence; you've maxed out. As a matter of fact, after this election is over, you should find a new career. If you enter politics, you'd be better off in the House or a state Senate – besides, your chances of winning would be much better.

    January 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Joseph

    Mr. Dobbs:

    I have been informed by you and CNN since the first Iraq war. Since that time I have witnessed the standard of living in America rapidly decline due to the persistent and aggressive influence on economic policy multi-national corporations and foreign interests acquire by prostituting our political system. I have seen no politicians, presidential or otherwise, in either the Republican or Democratic parties that are not merely puppets wantonly responding to the beckon call of lobbyists who barter our nations sovereignty in exchange for an accumulation of wealth and power afforded to all the traitors participating in the wholesale rape of our country. You sir, are the only network personality with the willingness and fortitude to expose these issues to the American people. The “change” the current presidential candidates promise is simply smoke and mirrors they hope convinces voters to elect them so the greatest nation in the world can endure more of the same. How much more vandalism can our middle class endure before we have nothing left? Please help us Mr. Dobbs, you’re our only hope!

    January 18, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  18. Bonnie NYC

    We don't need anyone in the race that would help put Hillary, The Dragon Lady in the White House. Sorry but Lou has no chance and why further muddy the Republican waters???????

    January 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. Melissa

    I have a lot of respect for Lou Dobbs and I would have no hesitation in supporting him. He's in touch with the middle and lower middle class more than anyone I can think of.

    January 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Allan Richardson

    One point that was made earlier was never rebutted: that if we could get the illegal immigrants already here "legal so they would pay taxes". The fact is that illegal workers ALREADY pay taxes! Excluding the minority who came here in order to commit OTHER crimes (i.e. gang leaders and drug pushers), the majority of illegal immigrants came here to WORK. In order to work, they have to steal somebody else's SSN. The "victim" of this identity theft may suffer other problems, but they get one benefit: an illegal worker (or several) is having their FICA and Medicare tax withheld from their wages (PAYING TAXES) and these taxes are being credited to SOMEONE ELSE who is a legal citizen. If they make up a number that belongs to nobody, the taxes are paid anyway, until someone audits the books and finds the discrepancy. And EVEN if the illegal workers are paid off the books (one principal reason for hiring them), they pay STATE SALES TAXES with everything they buy!

    So, whatever arguments are made for deporting illegal workers already here, the TAXES argument is bogus. Everyone who receives an income, documented or not, has to spend it, and thus pays sales taxes; and everyone who receives a paycheck "on the books" has to pay income tax withholding, FICA and Medicare taxes (usually larger than income tax on low incomes). The tax withheld will not be refunded (as it would to a similarly low-paid legal worker), so Uncle Sam keeps it all; and the FICA and Medicare taxes are credited to the innocent citizens whose numbers are used by the illegal worker. Maybe that's why neither the government nor the illegal EMPLOYERS want to enforce the laws? And why the supply of illegals is not being stopped?

    And that was a good point, that if your job can be taken by someone with a fifth grade education who speaks little or no English, you were already a loser (not that being a loser is entirely your fault, of course), and it is the WINNERS who are exploiting you and keeping you a loser, not your fellow losers of a different color and language.

    January 18, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. YES to Lou Dobbs

    For those of you who think Lou Dobbs reports on illegal aliens "too much," maybe he wouldn't have to IF THE OTHER NETWORKS WOULD DO THEIR SHARE AND REPORT THE TRUTH!!!! But they consistantly HIDE the truth. ABC News USED to be my nightly news... I rarely watch them now. Another bought off network!!!
    Lou talks about other issues too, and if you are missing those... maybe you should pay attention!!! Americans are sick and tired of our laws being IGNORED!!!
    Lou Dobbs for President in 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Shawn

    Dobbs is so far to the right, HE THINKS, he's in the middle.

    January 18, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. CK

    Run Lou!!! You would win!!!

    January 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. concerned

    In 2001 the republicans held the keys to the kingdom. Since then they have raped, piledge and plundered the american peaple and it's economy into economic ruin. No republican leader spoke out while this was happening. How can you trust them now?

    January 18, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. Darrell Indiana

    Lou Dobbs is correct about the manufacturing sector leaving the country. Looking for cheap labor somewhere else. When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s you could see all the good employment opportunities every where. With out a strong manufacturing base a country cannot sustain growth. Right now it is the blue collar workers that are taking the blunt of this. When the financial sector starts to fail and thousands lose their good paying jobs and their over inflated homes in the suburbs maybe more americans will relate to what has happened to the middle class in america. As the old saying goes, when your neighbor gets laid off it is a resession, when you get laid off it is a depression. I think there are still too many americans that just do not think it can happen to them. Teachers,policemen, firemen. government employs, where do you think those tax dollars come from to pay your salaries.

    January 18, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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