Days after leaving CNN earlier this month, speculation began that Lou Dobbs might consider running for Senate in 2012, challenging Democrat Robert Menendez. Now he's been confirming that the thought has crossed his mind—as has the idea of running for President at some point.
Earlier this week, Dobbs said he was thinking about the White House and that he was "be talking some more with some folks who want me to listen to them the next few weeks." His spokesman Robert L. Dilenschneider told the NY Times, "I think Lou is realistically saying, [a White House run is] a long way off, but if he did run for office there’d have to be an intermediary step, such as the Menendez seat." The Times reports that Dilenschneider "said Mr. Dobbs was impressed by Republican gains in New Jersey in November and by President Obama’s sinking popularity."
However, Republicans in his community are skeptical of his appeal, with one saying, "I don’t even know anything about him politically. I know he was a Republican and now he’s an independent. So, say he comes back to be a Republican. Is that really who he is?"
Well, it seems that Dobbs is trying to figure that out himself: The Wall Street Journal reports, "In a little-noticed interview Friday, Mr. Dobbs told Spanish-language network Telemundo he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, a stance he long lambasted as an unfair 'amnesty.'"