Lou Dobbs

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Lou Dobbs (b. Childress, Texas; September 24, 1945 ) is an American journalist and columnist. He has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University. He was a longtime Cable News Network anchor, starting in 1980, and host and managing editor of CNN's Moneyline and Lou Dobbs Tonight and is now a host of FOX Business.[1] Dobbs was originally conservative, but now he describes himself as an "independent populist" critic of the "excesses of capitalism." He has focused on immigration for years.

Dobbs is impassioned about several issues, especially open immigration policies, the negative effects of big business on America's middle class, global warming, and the military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is more outspoken on his afternoon radio show, which made its debut in March 2008. On radion he has spoken often in favor of the "birther" conspiracy theory that President Obama is not a United States citizen. When he mentioned the citizenship issue on CNN over the summer, he raised the ire of his bosses and provoked criticism from progressive groups. More recently, his coverage of immigration provoked protests by Hispanic groups.

Candidate for high office?

Dobbs has stoked rumors he may run for office—perhaps for the Senate from New Jersey, perhaps for the White House in 2012. Early polling in Nov. 2009 shows he could attract up to 14% of the vote, hurting the Republican candidate. However, some of that is almost certainly a generic protest vote as an unnamed "some other candidate" picks up between six percent (6%) and nine percent (9%) of the vote in similar 2012 match-ups.[2]

To soften his hard-earned reputation as a hard core enemy of immigrants, Dobbs told the Spanish-language network Telemundo he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, a stance he long lambasted as an unfair "amnesty." He now tells Hispanics, "I am one of your greatest friends."[3]

Ed Rollins, a Republican consultant who advised Ross Perot in his presidential campaigns in the 1990s, said Dobbs has two big factors in his favor: name recognition and a turbulent economic time that can help a populist, third-party figure.

Quits CNN

On November 11, 2009, Dobbs announced that he was leaving CNN to pursue other opportunities to "engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day." [4]

His CNN program drew an average of 631,000 viewers in October, 2009, putting him in third place behind Fox News and MSNBC. Like other CNN programs his ratings have declined in recent months.

Dobbs has won almost every award in journalism and he's a best-selling author and columnist. He's an independent populist and the leading media advocate for working men and women, their families, our middle class and the American way of life.[5]

Political views

Once a self-described "Lifelong Republican" and fiscal conservative, Dobbs now considers himself an "independent populist" and criticizes what he sees as the "excesses of capitalism." Illegal immigration is one such excess that he scrutinizes on his television program. He is opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens and advocates enforcement of existing immigration laws, along with a tightening of border security. On trade, Dobbs advocates protectionist restrictions in order to protect American industry, and maintain U.S. sovereignty. Positions that are not regularly covered on Dobb's show include a pro-abortion stance, an opposition to gun control measures, and support for the homosexual agenda.


  • Exporting America: Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas (2004).
  • Space: The Next Business Frontier (2005).
  • War on the Middle Class (2006). "The middle class is being picked apart and its future mortgaged for the benefit of a small group of powerful American interests," Dobbs says in this book.

Lou is married to Debi Lee Segura, a former CNN sports anchor; they have four children and reside on a 300-acre horse farm in Sussex County, New Jersey.

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External links


  1. Fox Business Lands Lou Dobbs, Politics Daily, November 10, 2010
  2. See Rasmussen Reports Nov. 25, 2009
  3. Peter Wallsten, "Dobbs Reaches Out to Latinos, With Politics in Mind," '"Wall Street Journal Nov. 25, 2009
  4. http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/lou-dobbs-to-depart-cnn/
  5. Lou Dobbs CNN.