Lou Dobbs says TV is first love, not politics

Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:37pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lou Dobbs, the pugnacious former CNN news anchor who flirted with the idea of running for president, is back where he wants to be, hosting a television show and free from his old network.

The veteran newsman is hosting an hour-long weeknight program for Fox Business Network debuting on Monday and getting him "back to business," as the promotional campaign says.

Harvard-educated Dobbs began his career at CNN as a straight-ahead financial journalist. But by the time he left in 2009 after nearly 30 years, he had become its most populist anchor by expressing anger against illegal immigration and jobs going overseas, among other topics.

For a time after his departure from CNN, Dobbs considered the idea of banking on his popular appeal from years in front of the camera to campaign for U.S. president. But the 65-year-old has decided against that.

"Politics is not what I love to do. This is what I'm going to do," he told Reuters.

Dobbs' new show on Fox Business Network is called "Lou Dobbs Tonight," the same title as his last program on CNN, and it will air at 7 p.m. eastern time.

The show will tackle big issues of the day, from the debt crisis facing the federal government and states, to the failure of the economic recovery to generate job growth, he said.

"The issues that confront the American people are now clearly in focus, because they're hard to avoid: Job creation the creation of wealth, restoring prosperity, restoring the American dream for millions of Americans."   Continued...

<p>Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs hosts "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on Fox Business Network in a promotional image. REUTERS/Fox Business Network</p>