July 22nd, 2008
11:55 AM ET
6 years ago

VP buzz rises around Jindal

McCain will meet with Jindal later this week.
McCain will meet with Jindal later this week.

(CNN) - John McCain is set to meet with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Wednesday, a move that is certain to increase speculation the Arizona senator is seriously considering the 37-year-old Republican for his running mate.

News of the meeting, first reported by the Washington Post, comes amid reports the McCain campaign has mulled the possibility of naming the vice presidential candidate later this week in an effort to steal the media spotlight from Barack Obama's trip overseas. Sources close to the Republican presidential candidate have indicated that scenario is one of several possibilities that have been recently discussed.

CNN's Political Market: Jindal's stock rises

Speculation first swirled around Jindal earlier this summer when he was one of a handful of politicians McCain invited to his Sedona, Arizona ranch. The long weekend was described as purely social, though former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist were also in attendance.

Jindal is considered a boy wonder of sorts within the Republican Party, and has been lauded by several conservatives wary of John McCain - including talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh. But the decision would undercut one of the Arizona senator's chief arguments against Obama: his relative lack of experience. The Louisiana governor is nearly 10 years younger than the Democratic presidential candidate.

iReport: Who should be VP? Weigh in!

Jindal has remained mum on whether he is interested in or being formally vetted for the vice presidency.

Meanwhile, McCain specifically avoided answering any questions about his VP timetable Tuesday morning.


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soundoff (227 Responses)
  1. Debby, NJ

    Boy Wonder won't help you either McShame.
    BARACK THE VOTE AMERICA !!!

    July 22, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Becky

    Anybody but Mitt, in the small chance that McCain becomes president.

    July 22, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Tony

    Who cares, McCain still won't win!

    July 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Abby

    whatever. They are just pretending to be considering Jindal. There is no way McCain is going to risk not getting the racist vote by picking Jindal.

    July 22, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Susan

    This pick is funny, if it were to be. romney and McLame hate each other, so he is probably out. They Republicans do not off a viable President or Vice President to the country. Jindal is not the Boy wonder the Republicans think he is. Ask people in La. their real feelings baout what he has accomplished in their state.

    July 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Adam

    Jindal is a great candidate for VP. Hes young energetic and will provide a conservative balance. He has been a great governor

    July 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Obama Supporter from FL

    I think that would be great. All the people turned off by a brown man winning the presidency will REALLY have no one to vote for then. It simply couldn't be better – he isn't white (we KNOW the republicans won't be thrilled with that), and he's even younger than Obama (which pretty much kills the "inexperience" argument)!!

    July 22, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Old Stradlater

    Maybe he's vetting him for exorcist instead of VP.

    July 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Obama for President

    Jindal – Please stay away from McCain – Do not agree to be his VP candidate.

    It will be your first major political loss

    July 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Obama Supporter from FL

    Can you fix this in the article:

    in an effort to steel the "medial" spotlight from Barack Obama's trip overseas.

    July 22, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Joe Reg

    McCain/Jeb Bush for V.P.

    Go go go.

    July 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. McCain is ghetto

    John McCain, you are schizophrenic, you harp continuously on Obama's so called lack of experience yet you might consider picking a VP with even less 'experience' than Obama? Give me a break. Good thing it takes sound judgement to run this country which Obama has loads of and you sorely lack.

    July 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. rupert

    This is so sad:

    "McCain campaign has mulled the possibility of naming the vice presidential candidate later this week in an effort to steel the medial spotlight from Barack Obama's trip overseas."

    Any one else get the feeling McCain feels like the ugly girl at the prom?

    July 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Phil, FL

    Don't do it Jindal. Don't tarnish your own career by attaching your rising star to a falling wagon. McWarmonger is going to lose. We are tired of the Bush admin., and McWarmonger wants to continue it.

    You're young, you can wait.

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Ms. RDS

    yeah sure, hate to say it but the day the republican party picks a minority for the 2nd highest office in the land, yeah that'll be the day.

    July 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Marcus Allen

    Jindal would be great. Nice guy, articulate and committed to real results. He'd be a good fit.

    July 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Corbett, Washington DC

    "Jindal has remained mum on whether he is interested..."

    Really? Because I remember reading – and seeing footage – just two weeks ago of Jindal saying he doesn't want to be VP, that he has the job he wants (governor of LA).

    Hey, whatever, let McSame pick Jindal... just what America needs – another guy who believes in hocus pocus like exorcisms.

    July 22, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. George

    Jindal does nothing to help McCain. If he is selected, Game Over for MacCain.

    Lieberman is the choice for the slam dunk.

    July 22, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Mary

    Gov Jindal could not even manage the FEMA stuff for Katrina victims and wants to be president. Where was he when FEMA aid to Katrina victims were being redirected? Why doesn't CNN ask him the tough questions about Katrina-gate?

    July 22, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Greg, NY

    McCain is just doing this to try to get back into the media. There is no way he'd pick Jindal.

    Louisiana is already deep red and is staying that way.

    As mentioned in the article, he's 10 years younger than Obama, which undercuts the inexperience argument.

    On the other hand, I really hope he does pick him. Taking away that argument and not gaining a state would be great for Obama.

    July 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Ian

    Funny how it's somehow different when McCain does things. Barrack has no experience, but McCain is going to pick this guy for his running mate. What a joke.

    On a side note, who proof-reads these stories? McCain is going to "steel" Obama's thunder? What does that even mean?

    July 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Citizen Watch

    If the Republicans want to give the Democrats a run for their money, think Jindal is an excellent choice. I have read his record. He complements McCain in many of the ways McCain needs to be complemented. I also like the fact that he was a Rhodes scholar not because I am an elitist, but because I think more leaders should complete some post-secondary study abroad. Does Jindal speak more than one language?

    July 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. 17 year old future politician

    Once again I think McCain's arguement to Obama about inexperience would disappear if this happened. If McCain were to be unable to complete his full term (if something happened) this would put an inexperienced person in command, something McCain claimed would be bad. If McCain does this he would be very hipocritical and could hurt his campaign

    Obama/Sebelius 08'

    July 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. Molly Weasley

    Obviously, it's John McCain's choice. But does he really want to pick someone for VP who claims to have performed an exorcism?

    July 22, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Tim

    Oh I hope John McSame picks him. Please!!!! Please!!!! He is the Louisiana Gov, but he had no clue of the damage to the offshore drilling rigs for the storm that devistated Lousiana.

    July 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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