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. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    Is this CNN's attempt to give equal time to McCain?? When you read the various blogs about McCain there is absolutely no substantitve direction, or proposals. No wonder George Senior envies Obama...who wouldn't have rather been on his trip instead of standing in front of a golf cart hearing his candidate wax on again about the surge!!

    July 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. ERICA, Ohio


    July 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. What if?

    To Obama Supporter from FL...Obama Supporter from FL July 22nd, 2008 10:22 am ET.........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)!!
    Second your comment: Can't wait to see this play out, it's going to be interesting to see what excuse mcsame and his supporters will use now............thank you mcsame, he's everything you use against Obama.

    July 22, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. MPinNJ

    We are so screwed! We have major problems in this country ranging from human rights inequities to economic disaster to war to looming environmental disaster, and we just can't seem to raise a candidate qualified to run the place who is not mired in scandal, religious idealism/extremism or some other off-the-wall nonsense. Are there any realistic, non-pandering, level-headed Americans left to lead us or vote for them?

    July 22, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Julie, WI

    With all of th brown nosing that Rudi, Mitt and Joe are doing, you mean to tell me he will not pick one of them? You don't say!

    July 22, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. SocialismSucks

    Jindal had more experience than Obamanation at 25 than Obamanation has at 47.

    Those who claim otherwise do not know of his accomplishments. I challenge any of you to debate the experience of Obamanation vs. Jindal.

    July 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Matt

    Although Jindal seems to be a sound conservative and might help with the black vote (it might make people think McCain cares more about post-Katrina Louisiana), he might not be the best choice. He is a young governor from a completely different minority group that might alienate people who vote solely on race. As a republican and a white person I take offense to the comment that whites would only vote for somebody who is white. Many black people are voting for Obama because he is black so it is an issue that transcends race. I would love to see former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts, who is black, as McCain's running mate. That said, I don't think Jindal or Watts are looking to take the Veep spot but it would help if McCain picked someone who is young, energetic, and has a sound understanding of economic issues.

    July 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Donna

    The Katrina debacle is still going on..Jindal is the Governor NOW and his state is STILL IN PERIL...he has done nothing to help them get MUCH NEEDED supplies back to Louisiana where they belong...

    I wonder what Mitt is thinking about Jindal possibly getting the job instead of him? All that brown nosing gone to waste!!!!!!

    It really doesn't matter much who McCain picks as his VP running mate because that won't deter from the fact that he is OLD and A 3RD BUSH...everyone knows that the Republicans were grooming Jindal in the first place....

    July 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Kevin, NC

    Thats not going to help you with a Black Vote McCain, the dude has East Indian Heritage, and they dont like Black folk

    July 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. bunch of whinners

    What a F. Bunch of whinners. McCain ... wisdom? what a shame.... just to take the spotlight away from an another american representing his country. Where were McSameSnub when he was 47? He was cheating on his wife.

    July 22, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Silly Put-Lilly Put

    Jindal- don't go with McCain . All he does is criticise Obama. Y ou are better off as governor.MCain is going to loose. He is so jealous of Obama and wants to steal the thunder by announcing a VP or lack of it. If he thinks Obama is young, you are just a baby.

    July 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. John

    Why is it that the GOP fawns over nut jobs. Does McCain plan to fix the economy by exorcism?

    July 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Brian

    Kevin in Ohio,

    That was probably the most unitelligent comment I think I've ever seen. This country is in a complete mess right now in every way and without a change of direction I'm not sure we could ever fix it. Some of the irreversible damage has already been done. God help us in preventing the deterioration any further.

    Kevin you need to wake up and look around. It can't get much worse. We need it fixed now before we are a rotting nation of hate, fueled by people such as yourself. And in case you really are as dumb as your comment leads me to believe, Obama supporters are mocking the stereotypical Republican attitudes. They are not being racist themselves. It's called sarcasm.

    I used to be a Republican, but that party is destroying everything I once loved. Some of you need to wake up and look around. We need to be rebuilt in every way.

    July 22, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. karen-phoenix

    Makes no difference. Circle of LIfe!!! Out with old and in with the new!!!
    Peace is patriotic and do not want to be reminded of 2 failed wars and the loss of sooo many friends. I shut McCain off anytime he comes on because it brings up bad feelings of the failed past republican party!!! Peace is patriotic. I'm 64, a republican who wants NEW experience in Washington!!!!! GO Obama!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Talk about lack of experience !!!! Given John's health issues and age...........will this young man be ready to take command in an emergency ??? Hopefilly McCain is having this meeting to advise Bobby he is not in the running. This young man would be a choice that would represent POOR JUDGEMENT and frankly, lack of foresight for the welfare of our nation.

    July 22, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Chris

    LOL...J/M is trying to add a little color to his campaign. LOL

    I mean just do the Obvious and put a woman on your ticket!!! jeez

    July 22, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. James D

    This choice would seal McCan's fate....losing big in Nov.
    McCain/Jindal vs Obama/Biden...are you kidding me? The GOP won't win 10 states!

    July 22, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. AA

    Mitt Romney is the pick for rich people like himself. People who have no money or are really hurting in the economy would never go for Romney who is a billionare. It doesn't matter anyway because McCain has no chance of winning this election. Only a fool would vote for McCain.

    July 22, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. McCain = War

    Whoever McCain picks, it will taint their career. Speaking as a Republican – now voting Democrat. McCain is bringing nothing good or positive to his race. In an election year when the Republicans were not expected to win anyway, when our country is facing critical problems, he is bringing NOTHING NEW. Doesn't look good for McCain.

    July 22, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Mikey

    Definitely part of the attempt to steal the spotlight from Obama, as I suspect Michael Savage's ridiculous autism comments were.

    I am itching for the Obama and McCain camps to agree on debates. Obama will mop the floor up with that fool. How many times will McCain refer to being a prisoner of war? Wanna take bets. Sounds like an old coot in a rocking chair spinning yarns, "When I was a young man ..............

    BTW, who was that idiot on CNN last night who said something like "Obama referred to 57 states, perhaps it was 57 Islamic states". First, when Obama said that he was referring to the 57 CONTESTS in the democratic primaries (including Guam, Puerto Rico, etc.) and mad a slip of the tongue. Could the fools please get over it – Obama is not in McCain's gaffathon league. And worse, now supposedly legitimate commentators on CNN are stooping to the Muslim smears? No one took him to task on the comment! WOW!

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Jim

    I'm an independent, and I don't care who McCain or Obama chooses as V.P.. In November, I'll vote for Obama.

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Three Musketeers

    McCain, Liberman &Gramms-if they want, they can have Lanny Davis too. That will be the bipartisan. Birds of the same feather- the older feathers- block together.

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. PA-Democrat

    Please, please, please McCain pick Jindal. I would love to see the racist idiots of this country collective heads explode.

    Actually I have nothing against Jindal. He is the most interesting of the potential GOP VP's in that he is less well known and would bring a new story. Romney and Gulianni's stories are baked and burned by now.

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Of course Jindal would be interested in the being McCain's VP.

    The GOP party leaders and the mainstream media (CNN, Washington Post, & others) should be ashamed of themselves for touting Piyush Jindal's name as a VP candidate. Yes, his name is Piyush Jindal, not this self-appointed crap calling himself "Bobby". There is no way the GOP party leaders and conservative media elite would be touting Jindal's name if Obama was not the Democratic nominee.

    I personally would love McCain picking Jindal as his running mate. The Republican party leaders and the conservative media elites are in for a rude awakening if there is a McCain/Jindal ticket. This McCain/Jindal ticket would get crushed in the November election. I would not be surprised to see Bob Barr get 35% of the Republican vote in November which will allow Obama to win in a landslide!

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. mick

    OK, I have had it...

    Let's try to add some substance to the comments rather than "Go Obama". How many times can you write that for every post regardless of the topic at hand?

    Let's look at how the NEW Republican governor of Louisiana is making a difference. Blanco is out and she was a contributor to the lack of response to Katrina. You can blame the president but at least he did not run and hide under a rock in shame.

    Louisiana is turning a new leaf and maybe Jindal can get things done on a national level too. He gets it.

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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