Former CNN host Lou Dobbs admits he is considering a bid for the White House in 2012. In an interview with Esquire magazine, Dobbs said he's not ruling anything out.
Speculation about a possible run started last year after he left CNN, "amicably," he said, with an $8 million buyout. The 64-year-old Dobbs reportedly angered the network with his anti-immigration rants, as well as his continued reporting on the so-called "birthers," who claim President Obama was not born in the United States.
When the topic of a possible presidential run came up in the interview with Esquire writer Jeanne Marie Laskas, Dobbs said, "I never said I'm running for president... I'm not ruling anything out. I don't know what I'm going to do."
When Laskas flat-out asked him if he is considering it, Dobbs said, "I am." He also said his wife is now more open to the idea "than she's ever been."
I return several times to the question of whether or not Lou is planning a presidential run. It seems so obvious—the softening of the rhetoric, the reaching across the aisle to the likes of ultraliberal Schumer—and it seems so Lou. Can this guy not run for president? (And no, forget any of that talk of him going for the Senate—Lou only goes big.) So why won't he just announce his White House bid? Early one afternoon, he promised he'd give me something on this. He kept hemming and hawing all day. Seven hours later, he finally said, "Let's just say it would be reckless to say anything other than 'we'll see.' "
"Jesus H. Christ! That's what I waited all this time for?"
"I really hate you right now."
"I'm sorry. It would be reckless!"
"So, be reckless!"
He thought that one over, seemed to savor the notion. I never saw eyes actually twinkle like that. "Are you sure that's what we want in a president?" he said.