July 22nd, 2008
11:55 AM ET
10 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. Billy

    Anything to try to steal Obama's thunder.

    Tomorrow, McCain will announce the villain in the next Batman 3 movie. Thursday, McCain will juggle 3 puppies and a chainsaw.

    July 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. MikeH

    Bobby Jindal would look like McCain's personal medical attendant, adjusting McCain's IV drip, changing his bed pan, personally checking to see that McCain's Bearings aren't lost.

    July 22, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Christopher, Madison, WI

    I think he is a terrorist...right? I mean by the right's standards he looks muslim, therefore? Come hypocrites spin this one!

    July 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Bob

    Jindal or Huckabee would be good choices. Romney would be a disaster–if Mitt couldn't win his own party's nomination with all that money, how on earth does he expect to be appealing in the general election?

    July 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Oluwa

    Yeah, please pick him cause Limbaugh says so, incase the inevitable happens in office, you'll have a teenager running the white house!
    This is not news, stop putting everyone that talks to McCain on the VP list and stop selling them as news. Everyone's a prospect, anyone is.
    I hope the repubs are happy that the Media is talking about them now.

    July 22, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. BubbaGump

    Jindal is a firm supporter of creationism and exorcisms. Seems like a good match for McCain.

    July 22, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    If McCain opts for Jindal, the Democrat's would have a field day, ESPECIALLY since Jindal is 10 years younger than Obama which, whould make McCain look more and more like a waffle iron.

    Wonder what Lou Dobbs would say since it is apparent that he likes McCain.

    July 22, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. webster208

    I have heard good things about Booby Jindal, and have heard him talk in one of the Sunday talk shows. He is very sensible. I think he will be a good choice for V.P.

    July 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. AB, NJ

    It is clear Mccain is not considering Jindal for the VP position but is just meeting with him in order to increase the buzz of his vp search and steal some of the attention away from Obama's high powered delegation tour of Europe and the Middle East which so far has been very successful especially with Al Maliki's position on troop withdrawal.

    July 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Jim

    While Jindal may be younger than Obama he has leadership experience. If you see his interviews he has already has a few accomplishments as governor in his short time in Louisiana. Hes already more qualified than Obama.

    July 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Bendo

    This pick would be very interesting, this guy has been in office, what less that a year and they want him to be VP because of his conservative creditials?? you got to be kidding, if this happens maybe all those whities in WV, PA and Ohio....BO look better every day then uh?

    July 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Emma

    Let McCain pick an inexperienced governor ten years younger than the current democratic candidate and did I say with NO experience. McCain is slowly loosing all of his arguments against Obama.........

    Hip Hip Hooray for Jindal! Go ahead McCain and pick an inexperienced VP, this will surely be labeled as "lack of judgement."

    July 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. McCain08

    Hmm, i really dont think he'll pick Jindall. I do really admire him and think he's a great role model, but dont think he has the experience. I do really hope he's part of the administration though.

    Pick Romney – its the best ticket.

    July 22, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Lorna, NY

    Who cares!

    July 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. John

    He's 10 years younger and has 3 times the experience. I'll take the experience.

    July 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  16. JB

    You can't say Obama is not qualified and then run with a 37 year old.

    July 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Brooke

    What is this talk of "inexperience?" He was a Louisiana Cabinet Secretary in his mid 20s and then served several terms in Congress before being elected Governor. Seems to me that he's got more experience than the Obamabots "saviour."

    July 22, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. NG in DC

    No offense to the young governor but he'd be the nail the in the coffin to McCain's chances.

    July 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Travis (in the real world

    That a go McWar.....pick your VP to take the spotlight away from Obama ( the next president)......you are an idiot.

    July 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. JDS N.C.

    Jindal has accomplished more in his time than Obama. Give me a break CNN. Yea he is 10 years younger but has 10 yrs more experience than oBama.

    July 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Glenn

    Please pick Jindal, McCain. If there's one thing this country needs, it's more exorcism.

    July 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. NY State of mind

    Oil prices have fell between 10-14 dollars over the last week

    Gas has fell 1-2 cents in same time period!
    Oil drop about 8%
    Gas less than 1%

    Gouging in this country is suppose to be illegal but is being done at all levels

    Unemployment on the rise again

    More factories moving or closing

    Millions without health care

    Thousands losing homes monthly

    Price of food on the rise

    Heating oil over 5 dollars a gal. in NY already

    2% of the people in US control 80% of the money

    Vote with your heads, not your hearts (party line)
    It will take us all to turn the ship around so stop yelling at each other, grab an ore and start rowing. It’s a long way to the shoreline!!!

    Obama 08
    CNN please post!!

    July 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Sean in Iowa

    It is funny to me that CNN likes to report news like this:

    "...a move that is certain to increase speculation..."

    which in itself is increased speculation. Its like they are trying to say, "We're on the outside of this whole thing, but you are likely to see other news organizations speculate about this more now." It seems a little disingenuous, since they are usually among the first to increase their speculation.

    July 22, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. arlene,CA

    It's not going to matter in the end. McSame can't win.

    July 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. King Kong

    So he is planning to outsource VP position... seems age has taken over.. I would like to see Mitt instead of Jindal if he want to get my vote.

    July 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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