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. McCain is ghetto

    To set the record straight – Obama was and is a Constitutional Law Scholar, Served 8 yrs as Illinois Senator and 3 as US Senator. He is in no way a baby in politics. Besides we now know that you don't need 'experience' to run this country – GWB had so called experience- you need sound judgement which Obama has tons of and Mcwar sorely lacks.

    July 22, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Lamuella

    after all the hysterical freakout from the right claiming that Obama is a muslim, the chances of them picking a converted hindu as veep are nonexistent.

    July 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Mike Hunt

    The Constituion provides that the President should be 35 years old. We've never had one that young.

    I know that McCain wants to thwart his age problem but this is not the way. Baddd Move!

    July 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |

    So, Barack is inexperienced per the GOP, but Jindal is a potential VP?

    Also, being that Jindal's parents are from India, will the GOP scrutinize their own for not being white?

    July 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. TS

    this would be another reason not to vote for McCain.

    July 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. reggie

    Romney would be a better choice, but Jindal is a good guy. At least they both have more executive experience than Obama.

    July 22, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Linda Esen

    JDS N.C.;

    This is the GOP answer to the Manchuran candidate; u guys have a person of colour ...but so do we. YOU HAVE NOL IDEA WHO U ARE MESSIN WITH WHEN IT COMES TO OBAMA. THIS ADMINISTARTION IS TAKING UP POLICIES IN AFGHANISATN THAT OBAMA HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT.....BOBY WHO???????????

    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. LaShanda

    Good! I hope he picks him. The racists will run to Bob Barr! It's sad, but it's true!

    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain's republicans constituents won't go for this. They will step away from John McCain as if he has the plague. Anyway, John McCain won't win and Jindal may be a sacrificial lamb for any future republican candidate that doesn't want to be on the ticket with McCain.

    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. 57 States

    To Mary & CNN

    Mary your post should be awaiting moderation for 5 years......I bet you think Obama will be a good president as well. So misinformed I am sorry

    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Mike - Texas

    I hope he chooses bobby. It will be a laugh to see the racists squirm when they have a choice between a half black man and a indian vp.


    July 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Strategery

    Mac needs to select CT guv Jodi Rell and swipe the soccer mom vote. Rell is a tough, yet likeable pro-business taskmaster. Some see her lack of a college degree as an obstacle. Others see it as a plus for blue collar voters.

    July 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Chris

    Then there's the fact that he believes he exorcised a demon from a friend. Just what we need one step (or year given McCain's age) away from the presidency, a evangelical extremist. And, what are his accomplishments other than getting elected? Lousiana isn't exactly leading the nation in most categories.

    July 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Tommie

    McCain is guaranteed a landslide lose in November if he nominates a 37 yr old, 1 yr on the job governor.

    July 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Shawn

    So much for the inexperience argument. Your hitting Barack over the head about his experience and you are going to give the VP to a 37-year old! He's one heart attack away from the presidency. If this is the choice, McCain is the most incongruent politician in a long time.

    July 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. John, Dar es salaam, Tz

    mugabe will be the best fit for mcsame

    July 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    I don't know what all the fuss is about McCain has to pick Lieberman for VP so Joe can keep reminding him what country has what sects and where to find them on a map.

    I didn't think it would be possible for America to elect a bigger Buffoon than their current President but it could be coming "MY FRIENDS!".

    July 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Walt, Belton,TX

    Just what McCain needs, another New Orleans loser!

    July 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. blogatlantic

    McCain definitely has a strategy if he makes this choice. Ex-service men, always use strategy to nail the competition. Lets wait until the news turns to known fact. A mixure of old school and new school, sounds good, but is that is best card to play in a highly charged election year?. That may be a question for future discussion!

    July 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. PUMA-Jessie

    McCain knows where this election will be won and lost. Not in Louisiana, but in Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The DNC has already gave him Florida and now all he has to win is one of the remaining three and he will be the next President, Do not believe the Obama baloney that he is going to win some red states to offset his loses in the big three states. New Jersey, a normal blue state, which sometimes trends a close Republican vote, is already starting to trend that way now. The only hope the Democrats have of winning is to nominate Hillary Clinton and the super delegates better start thinking about tha now, before its to late.

    July 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. tmp

    who cares!!!! Obama 08!

    July 22, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. SocialismSucks

    CNN, Jindal may be 10 years younger than OBAMA, but has 10 times the EXPERIENCE than Obamanation .

    Research Jindal's accomplishments and compare them to Obamanation and you will see that Jindal is a great choice for VP, better yet, president.

    In Louisiana, his reforms have already paid dividends by gutting wastefull social spending that has handicapped this state into being ranked next to last for ever.

    July 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Pater servius, Ft. Myers

    So what if he believes in exorcism.
    There are some evil spirits in Washington–the skill might benefit us greatly.

    I'd send him to congress first.

    July 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Hillary Backer for McCain but...

    NO Jindul ..NO way! Pick Romney or Hillary. Lets pick a more traditional candidate here people!! This is for a job at the White House as VP, not for the U.N. I am a staunch Hillary supporter who turned to McCain to maintain some tradition in the White House, note this potential three ring circus..Romney, pick Romney ..he is Morman and traditional.

    July 22, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. My Dog Ate The Nightingale That Used To Sing in Berkley Square

    Just what this country needs-a crazy creationist VP

    July 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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