November 23rd, 2009
08:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Lou Dobbs weighing White House run in 2012

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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    Bring it on. Lou. You were once credible, but somehow, you turned into a propagandist machine and stood for nothing. Oh, I forgot, immigrants, in your view, were/are the source of all what's wrong with America. There is nothing wrong with your entry into the presidential race. Bring it on and be prepared to lose big time, too!

    November 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. david

    other than generalize about everyone else being wrong, what does lou dobbs do? He's a perfect fit for FOX news or some other radio talking head position.
    What will he do when he runs for office and finds that people support him almost as much as they supported Thompson. Then his head will shrink down to normal size and he will have to join FOX news to get it pumped full of air again.

    November 23, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. gary in OK

    The news channels should change their names to Saturday Night Live. What a joke this would be. He could have Palin as his VP and make Russ L his secretary of state. Then lets put it Beck as Treasury Secretary and that would fill out the list of goofie's. What would the Republicans do then – still say NO to everything that would come out of the white house.

    November 23, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. sean

    Perfect! Dobbs/Palin ticket. Dems would rule for a decade or more!

    November 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Madeleine

    What hubris. Clueless really, how he will just humiliate himself.

    November 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Jean

    Can you imagine him and Sarah Palin as running mates. We would be the laughing stock of the world

    November 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Hope

    The President of the United States of Canada

    November 23, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Barbie

    If this guy runs, the Republicans can kiss goodbye any Latino vote they hope to get in 2012! Only one worse would be Palin. What a great group of misfits the Democrats will have running against them!

    November 23, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Michael MacDonald

    Run, Lou, run. As soon as you are called upon to offer actual solutions to the problems you address and the politicians at whom you sneer, the sooner people will see that you are a mere demagogue.

    November 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. JAX

    Is this a joke?

    November 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    Another sicko to join the bunch of them that they already have.

    November 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Henry in WV

    Dobbs/Tancredo in 2012!Make sure every last Hispanic votes Democrat.

    November 23, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Ha!!! Is this some kind of a joke CNN? "Mr. Independant" quit just like Palin did. Maybe they'll be running mates. The team of QUITTERS.

    November 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. maf

    Wow. . .could we have a true independent errrr pseudo GOP anchorman running for POTUS??? Dobbs / Limbaugh 2012!


    November 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Proud American

    There you go Sarah a running mate. How about Joe the Plummer for Sec'y of Labor?

    November 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Richard Larson

    If you thought Sarah Palin was unhinged, Dobbs is probably further to the right than John Birch. He would certainly further the radicalization of the GOP into a party where persons of color and persons of moderate thought would be made to feel very uncomfortable.

    November 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. carlos, THAT one

    oh boy, another rising star on the corrupt gopher

    November 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Bigskyman

    oh my god, an intellectual equal to Sarah Palin. and I thought we had seen it all

    November 23, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Lee in TN

    If I was Lou Dobbs and considering a run for the White House, I would definately not have my name in the same article with a poor example for a senator like Fred Thompson.

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Julie

    Lou, be careful what you wish for. I think it's much easier to criticize and generalize about what should and shouldn't be done. The hard part is actually looking at all the players involved and how everything is affected and then seeing that there's more compromise involved than you'd ever care to do.

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Erin

    Give me a break. No one is going to vote for him...and I am a conservative. If the republicans have any hope of getting anywhere in the next couple years, they have to get someone better than the people who are coming out of the woodwork now. Glenn Beck, Palin, McCain (poser) Huckabee, that morman guy? Please. These people are horrible choices.....It's like what Rush said, a third party prob needs to happen...

    But even if it does, who is going to be there? Geeze.

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Ben in Texas

    Well, I for one will want to examine his birth certificate. No, I mean the REAL birth certificate. The one issued in Outer Mongolia, where he REALLY came from.

    In fact, I won't be satisfied that Lou Dobbs is a natural born 'Mercan until I interview 5 people who were present at his birth. Then, of course, I'll have to examine all of their birth certificates, and those of people who where present at their birth, and so on.

    November 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Deb (Long Island, NY)

    What an EGO! How dare he criticze President Obama when his ego quadruples in size. Let him is always fun to dig out the skeletons from the closets. Also, I am sure Latinos will be lining up to vote for him...HAHA

    November 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. nick

    he better hold on to his dentures!!! becasue the presidential race is no smooth ride. hahqa

    November 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom

    Are you kidding???????????? How many viewers does Dobbs have?

    The far-right is in total denial. Americans are not far-right........ we are Left of center!

    ONLY 21% of Americans claim to be GOP.

    55% of Americans do not know who the leader of the GOP is.

    Only 15% of Americans claim to be far-right.

    I suggest this......... PALIN/DOBBS 2012!

    November 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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