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Lou Dobbs Eyeing Career in Politics

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 23rd 2009 2:00PM
Lou Dobbs is getting his political ducks in a row following his abrupt departure from CNN.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dobbs has confirmed rumors that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate -- and possibly even the White House.

It is no secret that Dobbs' outspoken views made for squabbles with new CNN bigwigs, and likely hastened Dobbs' departure from the 24-hour news hub. His frequent criticism of U.S. immigration policies led many civil rights groups to declare him racist and uncaring. And though Dobbs says that he does not doubt Obama's citizenship, he is famous for demanding to see the President's actual birth certificate, adding fuel to the fire of those who feel that the document might have been falsified in a cover up.

Dobbs' opinionated reporting style was no longer a good fit with a new, more neutral CNN. So, while keeping his radio show, Dobbs left television for the time being, preferring to "be more engaged," he said, expressing himself "fully and straightforwardly in the public arena no matter what I decide to do next."Lou Dobbs is getting his political ducks in a row following his abrupt departure from CNN.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dobbs has confirmed rumors that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate -- and possibly even the White House.

It is no secret that Dobbs' outspoken views made for squabbles with new CNN bigwigs, and likely hastened Dobbs' departure from the 24-hour news hub. His frequent criticism of U.S. immigration policies led many civil rights groups to declare him racist and uncaring. And though Dobbs says that he does not doubt Obama's citizenship, he is famous for demanding to see the President's actual birth certificate, adding fuel to the fire of those who feel that the document might have been falsified in a cover up.

Dobbs became a hero to a group that calls themselves "birthers." These folks firmly believe that the President's Hawaiian birth certificate is not real and that Obama was actually born in Kenya. Dobbs has been quoted as saying, "I'm starting to think we have a document issue ... I won't even use the word 'undocumented.' It wouldn't be right." When asked publicly, Dobbs demanded that Obama produce his official birth certificate. He denies being a birther, but has indeed defended their point of view.

The controversial Minutemen have taken it upon themselves to protect the U.S. border, sending soldier-like groups to the Mexican-American line, with guns and a vigilante attitude. The group has found unwavering support from Dobbs, who calls them "fine Americans" and says that he is behind "all they've accomplished, fully, relentlessly and proudly." This prompted President Obama to point a finger at Dobbs and his ilk, saying, "a certain segment has basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia. There's a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year. If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it's not a surprise that would happen."

Lou DobbsThe CNN anchor continued to anger detractors in March 2008 when, as a guest on Wolf Blitzer's show, Dobbs nearly called former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a "cotton picker." After Rice claimed that our country has trouble addressing issues of race, Dobbs disagreed, and is quoted as saying, "We listen to some idiot say you can't talk about race. Not a single one of these cotton -- these just ridiculous politicians should be the moderator on the issue of race."

Dobbs drew ratings and headlines throughout the years, with his outspoken views including criticizing money-saving school district meatless lunch Mondays and continuing his tirade on illegal immigrants, suggesting that they are exposing U.S. citizens to diseases such as leprosy.

Dobbs' opinionated reporting style was no longer a good fit with a new, more neutral CNN. So, while keeping his radio show, Dobbs left television for the time being, preferring to "be more engaged," he said, expressing himself "fully and straightforwardly in the public arena no matter what I decide to do next."

Many feel that Fox News would make a good home for Dobbs, especially as the commentator recently appeared as a guest on 'The O'Reilly Factor.' But serving the people more directly as a New Jersey Senator -- or even as a third-party Presidential candidate in 2012 -- will likely win out. "Right now I feel exhilaration at the wide range of choices before me as to what to do next," he says.

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