Feisty money talker
The fact is, with the start of Lou Dobbs Tonight, the ratings-maker is back to doing what he's best at. "This is what I want to do, this is what I love to do, and what I'm going to stay doing," he says.
And what he plans do, he says, is a bigger version of what he did for
His departure from
Reached as he drove into his new office and set, Dobbs was remarkably relaxed, suggesting that he wasn't aiming at a blockbuster opening. "It will be a broader show and I think it will in time be deeper. Give me a little time, Paul. But that's what I believe we are working toward, it's going to take us a while to get there," he says. "Having gone through a number of show start ups, I'm one of those folks who believe it is a much longer race. I'm not a fan of blowing the doors off the first week and then seeing what happens. I much prefer to get to the center of what we're doing as soon as we can and build up the show. I'd rather build up the show than build up expectations," adds Dobbs.
A mix of trade,
Politically, he hasn't tempered his criticism of Democrats and Republicans, especially in the recent budget battles.
"Neither party," he says, "seems willing to go beyond the margins" on cuts, he says. And President Obama, he adds, has "disappointed the Republicans and Democrats on resolving the straight-forward question of how do you reduce these deficits and debt."
One of his heroes is new
But Dobbs worries that as the
2012 presidential election nears, the
Asked the chances that will happen, he jokes: "I have the audacity to be hopeful."
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