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.

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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 Gibbons

    " the decision would undercut one of the Arizona senator's chief arguments against Obama: his relative lack of experience"

    HOW do you come to that conclusion?
    The Governor is a decision maker. Governor of Louisiana is a particularly tough job. Barrack NEVER has been in any Executive role in his life. Barrack is a "consensus" guy but the office of President is an "executive" position.

    Giving Barrack his fist "executive" job as president of the USA is a real stretch. At least Jindal has governed a state (and done so very well).

    July 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Texas trail puppy

    Heared somewhere he was a renowned Exorcist!!! McCain's campaign is quickly becoming a joke mark my words after the GOP convention Jindal will most likely become the Republican presidential Nominee.

    July 22, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Andres

    what are all the racist people going to do if jdhal is selected! LOL they willl be squirming ..... i love it.... I hope McCain does pick him....

    OBAMA/Hagel '08

    July 22, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Kpawlak

    All the negatives comments are so typical of liberals. They just can't think straight. I guess their feelings are getting in the way.

    July 22, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Peter

    Adding a southern state governor to a Republican ticket is stupid

    July 22, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Asheville, NC

    I honestly don't think McCain's choice of a running mate will make a difference. Under different a different economic situation, McCain might have a chance. This is Obama's election to lose and I believe he will be the next president. Besides, Obama is left-handed (as are our last two presidents, Bush and Clinton).

    July 22, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Upon Further Review

    Louisiana, the outhouse of the country?

    July 22, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. ANGIE

    Mcain is so funny he harps and harps on obama experiance, But may pick this guy who has less experiance then obama mccain are you alright i think its time for you to retire!!!

    July 22, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Monica

    Take Him Please. Louisiana is tired of his flip-flopping already. Let the nation have him. There was an impeachment started against him several weeks ago in Louisiana. Take Him.

    July 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Mark Johnson, Houston, TX

    I've never even heard of him, and I keep up to speed on politics regularly

    July 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Andrew

    Jindal should stay away and keep building his own record. An almost certain loss in November will hurt his future.

    July 22, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Dave

    For all you liberal people who are biased and ripping on the republicans for there lack of including minorities, I would ask you.... who appointed a African American and a Hispanic to the highest positions in government either ethnic group has ever seen? Well it was your good friend republican George Bush

    July 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Obama for President

    I don't think McCain will pick Jindal. This is to create news and talk about somebody new to Republican politics.

    This is just McCain begging for attention

    July 22, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. John in Columbus Ohio

    That guy looks like an insane version of George from "It's a Wonderful Life".

    July 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Hillary Backer for McCain but...

    there is NO way I will support McCain on if Rush tells us to in an endorsement. As a staunch member of Hillary Clinton's PUMA brigade, I will only support McCain if he picks a proper true American like Romney (at least he is American and a Morman). Its called the White House and not the rainbow House..Hillary Clinton would be proud of me and support my opinion as I am proud of her. Hillary 2012, PUMA Power. No more educated elitists will tell the working man and women of middle America what to do!

    July 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. 57 States

    Go McCain.........Anyone you choose will be a success...

    "McCain The Vote 08"

    July 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. BR

    It must be great to be a clueless Kool-Aid drinker. Whether you guys believe it or not, there are a lot of people who are not BHO worshippers.

    July 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Ric

    Who cares about Jindal? Cynthia McKinney picked Rosa Clemente. Any hispanic worth his salt would LOVE to have Rosa Clemente as the VP. This country is headed the wrong way and the corrupt Dems and Repubs make it worse with every election. Stop the lies. Stop the war!

    July 22, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Michelle

    The criticism of Obama doesn't refer to his age but to his lack of
    accomplishments.

    Jindal is young but has legitimate accomplishments.

    July 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. ProudToBeDemocrat

    This freaking guy from india is not going to change anything. People do not care about V.P. The president is the one who runs this country.

    July 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Once again, the REAL "mean-spirited" party is revealing itself through the voices of its fanatics.... reading through the comments from Obama supporters makes me wonder about our future if Obama is elected. All I read and hear is hate speech from democrats. If McCain WERE to pick a minority running mate like Jindal, Republicans would certainly get behind him. Its not about race....its about stopping the irreversible damage the liberals will do to this country. God help us all.

    July 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. bshult

    How is Bobby as a speaker? As an attack dog? Romney is still my first pick here.

    July 22, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Linda31

    i hope he picks Jindal, because any argument of experience is completely cancelled out. He has only been in politics and office since 2005.

    July 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. John

    So far Jindal has done nothing in Louisiana except impose an irrational hiring freeze that crippled the state's university system and then waffle and waver over whether or not to veto a legislative pay-raise, all while babbling on about "cleaning up" Louisiana politics–none of which has endeared him to Louisiana voters. What exactly makes him a "boy wonder"? Tight shorts ? Or the ability to say, "Holy Election ploys, Senator, you want me to be your token minority? Jeepers!"

    July 22, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. James Ma

    Ms. RDS no kidding totally hear you on that, i said something a while back that shouldve been posted about the typical Republicans view of any race other then their own, apparently some moron thought it was racist or maybe contraversial to have on here but...people have to know, atleast up NE we are mostly Dem but the few Republicans that are would pretty much line any non white up if they had the chance, so...keep that in mind before some of you continue the hispanic for McCain Bs. Truth. you wont hear it to your face from these cowards unfortunately =( theyd have to have their gun out to feel strong first id think.

    July 22, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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