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.

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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. George


    As usual, you dems are uninformed. Jindal was elected Gov in Oct 2007.

    Hurrican Katrina was in 2005 when Blanco a Dem was Gov. I don't ind critiques, but get your story right. You can get alot of info from the internet. Try it

    July 22, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. BJGT

    Just a heart beat away? I don't think so!

    July 22, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Jimmy in NJ

    It doesn't matter who John McCain picks. Barack Obama is one of a kind.
    Obama in 08!

    July 22, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. some guy in New Hampshire

    For the oldest presidential candidate in history to nominate a VP who has no serious experience other than a partial term as governor of (please excuse me) a relatively minor state would completely destroy McCain's argument that Obama isn't experienced enough to be president. If Jindal is experienced enough to be a heartbeat away, then Obama must be ready for the presidency right now. In addition, the fact that Jindal would consider himself qualified to step into the presidency would indicate that he doesn't know the job's requirements. Having a young minority on the ticket would make nice pictures on the TV news, but as a presidential decision it would be a serious mistake and an indication that McCain's judgment isn't what it should be - and that he's more interested in image than in substance.

    July 22, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. AB

    Just a desperate attempt to steal some of the attention Obama has been enjoying this past week. Good try Mcold.

    July 22, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. James Ma

    if this guy had good judgement he'd step away from that crowd.

    July 22, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. todd

    response to Mary about Jindal and Hurrican Katrina... Gov. Jindal was not the governor in 2005... sorry lady

    July 22, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. David G.,

    Boy, if Obama's having it tough convincing people to vote for him as a half Black, half white candidate, what are the republicans going to do with a Hindu Governor? There's McCain shooting himself in the foot again... D.

    July 22, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Shane


    July 22, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Henry n New York

    McCain is a poor candidate, he has changed positions on everything from off shore drilling to the football team he told his captors when he was a prisoner; he believes that being a prisoner of war gives him some magical insight and ability to run America and be the leader of the free world. He has a limited understanding of foreign affairs considering his lack of knowledge on who the parties are in various conflicts; he believes Iraq and Pakistan share a border and that Chezoslovakia is still in existence. He doesn't know how to operate a computer and is learning the "google". If this is even a close race this country will reveal an ignorance that defies logic. His choice of VP is not important to the fact that he is lacking even the basic skill of being computer literate. This is a no brainier I can only believe the republican party is holding out hope that he will win as a result of their smear campaign but never really expects him to. He is just a figure head candidate and his lose would be expected as is should be.

    July 22, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Matt-NE

    McCain needs someone young, and Jindal is a very good leader, but McCain would be better off with someone with more vast experience AND youth.

    Jindal will have his day.

    McCain will win in '08.

    July 22, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. SIMP

    It does not matter who he picks, he's not going to win anyway. He should pick Mickey Mouse, he stands a better chance of acceptance than any of those other clowns in the running. Hillary is available you can have her, LOL.

    Obama/anybody but hillary.

    July 22, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Robert, CA

    Bobby Jindal is a conservative governor, an independent thinker and very good at defining and discussing political and economic issues of great importance to the future of this country. He would be an excellent addition to the McCain ticket.

    July 22, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    It truly does not matter who McCain picked Obama shall win...

    July 22, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Chi-Town Cheryl

    Jindal is probably a good governor for Louisiana, but he is no match to Obama. It does not matter who McCain chooses as his running mate. Obama will be our next president. Doesn't he just look great on the world stage? I have never seen nothing like this since the likes of John F. Kennedy.
    OBAMA '08

    July 22, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. THE O

    There is noway the GRAND DRAGON'S ( bill oriely, sean hannity, rush limbaugh, and the dick chenny ) would ever let this happen. Get real people.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!


    July 22, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. PUMA - Murphy

    Like the vast majority of PUMA members, I'm not sold on McCain. We are not closet Republicans, we are out-of-the-closet HRC supporters who feel disenfranchised, disconnected, and possibly scammed out of our voted candidate.

    While I can see the motivation behind choosing Jingal (balancing the age + non-white), it doesn't sway my vote or many of the PUMA fellowship.

    We are organizing a fund raiser to send PUMA's to the convention. We have high hopes of not just having our voices heard, but of having our Democratic nominee placed front and center or side-by-side with Barack.

    PUMA-PV (Priority of Vote)

    1. HRC
    2. Obama + HRC
    3. Obama

    Yes, I said it. I'll vote Obama. The lesser of two evils.

    July 22, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. bshult

    Hey you wise guys who have never been through a presidential election cycle before, much less participated in a campaign:

    Go travel through non-liberal, suburban America and hear what real folks are saying. Your blather demonstrates you don't know what you are talking about and what will decide this election. This is not a sports event between your favorite team and someone else's.

    Why do you think the polls are so close? And what people are really concerned about is energy and economy. Candidate who sticks and nails these wins. Barry Obama is not playing well because he is not voicing and acting on these ordinary people's frustrations.

    As Carville said, Its about the economy, Stupid.

    July 22, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. todd

    McCain is left handed as well Asheville, NC

    July 22, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. William Ayers

    It's funny that the story fails to mention Jindal said he is not even interested in the VP position.

    July 22, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Joe

    To those that argue that Republicans won't support a non-white VP – Bush 1 & 2 have given more minorities prominent positions (court & cabinet) than any other administration (C. Thomas, C. Powell, Rice, etc.) so branding republicans as racists is completely misguided.

    July 22, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Licht

    McBush will not win!

    July 22, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Troy, MI



    July 22, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Jonathan

    Of course he would be a great choice! He is a governor, which gives him executive experience, something Obama nor McCain have. Also, the 'republicans wouldn't put a minority on their ticket' line is such crap. If I am not mistaken, it was the current republican administration that placed the FIRST African-American man as Sec. of State and the FIRST African-American woman as Sec. of State. Not to mention the FIRST Asian-American woman as a department head as well. So, the democrats need to stop that talk and know the facts.

    July 22, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Upon Further Review

    Republicans and dittoheads are truly morons.

    July 22, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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