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. Texas Trail Dog!

    One question? Who gives a Billy-dog-biscuit what RUSS LIMBAUGH Has to say?

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Anne E.

    (Read quickly, because CNN won't post this anyway.)
    If he IS the pick, that's just one more flip-flop on McCain and his camp.
    The rest of the GOP will go positively apoplectic!
    Sen. "Accidental Candidate" can name him, or Alan Keyes, or
    any other minority on the right to be the puppet veep - the outcome remains the same.
    Change is coming - OBAMA '08!!

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. Joe

    Does this just really show how petty most politicians are? Senator Obama is abroad helping to heal the negative perceptions some in foreign countries have of America (following eight years of failed foreign policy under the Bush Administration), and Senator McCain can't steal the media spotlight by speaking substantively about foreign policy issues because he just wants to continue the Bush agenda.

    In the words of Jed Clampet (of Beverly Hillbillies fame for those of you too young to remember), "Pit-tee-full ... Pit-tee-full!"

    July 22, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. sam

    was Jindal's picture just an accidental shot or is the reporter including CNN intentionally trying to portray him in a different perspective??? would it have been different if he was blonde and blue eyed??

    July 22, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Kristen

    McCain should choose this guy. He is in his 30’s so by choosing him McCain can stop using his one and only argument against Obama about his lack of experience. This is great news.

    McCain/Jinal or Obama/his choice******


    July 22, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. CMB

    The guy PERFORMS EXORCISMS!!!!!!!!!!! HE'S A TOTAL WACKO!!!!!!!!!!

    Besides, this is just a bluff – to keep the media off Obama's overseas trip. There is NO WAY they will announce right now, before Obama does.

    WE ARE BEING DISTRACTED – like Homer with a flying pig. Same thing.

    July 22, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    Jindal will not be the pick for V.P.. He is a rising star in the GOP, but his time will come down the road. However, even at 36 he has a tons better resume than the guy we are about to elect. Still trying to figure out what he has done other than give a great speech before he became a Senator and have Oprah talk about how swell he is.

    July 22, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. SV, New Jersey

    If I remember correctly isn't Jindal an Indian born hindu who converted to Christianity to get in GOP. What a loser....

    July 22, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Ann

    It matters a lot. A good VP choice for Republicans, and Democrats who voted Hillary will not hesitate to vote McCain. Many of them don't hesitate now! What is for sure: NoObama!

    July 22, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Shane

    The flavor of the month is not brown and black. This is such pandering by the GOP. If Barack hadn't been the DNC presumptive nominee, Jindal would be waiting forever for the nod. They must think we're stupid.

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

    But the MSM knows that McCain won't select Jindal and is just using Jindal a political slideshow to distract the media from focusing on Obama.

    July 22, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Checkmate

    Only a looser would wants to be on the ticket. Take one of Hilary "s supporters. who wants to be on your bandwagon. You can toss them as you tossed the Hilly Billy's health care plan.

    July 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Luke Scott

    McCain no matter who the vp is will win if Barack Obama doesn't put Hillary Clinton on his ticket.

    Obama/Clinton is the only way Obama can win the white house

    Obama/Clinton 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Christine Lewis

    I think many Obama supporters don't realize how many people are not interested in voting for him.
    What has he done in his career to warrant the Presidency?

    July 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. NO-BO

    Jindal wll not help. I am democrate whole my life but will not vote for Obama. I am changing to Republican this time and for ever. BUT IF JINDAL come on ticket I will not vote for McCain either. I will vote independent. Jindal is just a kid and you can smell milk in his breath. I look at the futute and in unavoidable unfortunate circumstance I just can't see him as a president ""YET"". So Mc CAin have to make another choice. Bobby Jindal is a great person and diserve to be not onlt VP but president but in FUTURE no now.

    July 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. JC

    Vice Presidents don't really need any experience because historically they don't really do much. They often manage pet projects or go places to represent the President when he doesn't want to go. In some administrations, the Vice President hasn't even been part of the inner circle. The most important function/job of the Vice President is to become President if the President dies. Being Vice President is more of a spring board for future aspirations.

    July 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Mike from Newport, KY

    For all of you with short term memory issues, please try to read up on US history to understand which party worked to get minorities the vote – Republicans for those of you to lazy to look.

    Also, for those of you sooooo in love with Barack Obama, what exactly is he looking to change? Do you know? Can you carry on a conversation about the changes he is looking to instill? Or is your blind hatred of all things GWB or Dick Cheney influencing your thought process?

    Don't worry, I don't expect you to be able to answer, haven't met one who could yet!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Mel



    July 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Doug

    Again....McCain is pandering. "Get me a [minority/woman/hispanic/insert interest group here] for vice-president". Sorry....I'm not buying it.
    Stick to your guns, McCain. Choose an out-of-touch wealthy white guy with strong political allegiances.

    July 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. cnn junkie

    cnn i am addicted help me!!!
    obama/hagel 08

    July 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Abbey, TX

    Just as that pukey green background didn't work for John McCain, Jindal doesn't make his candidacy exciting, but stupid. Why not call Central Casting and have them send over a Colin Powell look-a-like, because substance does not matter.

    The GOP is just as shallow as their presidencial nominee. Who next Condi?

    July 22, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. ali

    why would jindall want to hurt his promising career,by joining the loser?

    July 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. John

    I am utterly flabbergasted at the ignorance on the left. They are much more interested in name calling and talking points than doing an ounce of research that would help them discover:
    Jindal's experience outweighs Obama's.
    Obama is as qualified to be president as a middle school student is to be a teacher.
    We were absolutely right to wage the war with Iraq for numerous reasons.
    The fact that we are not in a recession after two major hits (housing and gas – neither are Bush's fault), says that the economy, as a WHOLE, is incredibly strong.
    Repealing the Bush tax cuts would send the worldwide economy into a nosedive (according to a Nobel Prize winning economist).
    But you folks just keeping drinking the Kool-Aid rather than do any reading on your own.

    July 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Mike Meddaugh

    I believe that prior to the election both candidates should release the names of the people that they plan on having in their cabinet. These people play nearly as big a role as the president himself during his administration and knowing who these people are reflects greatly on the president's philosophy for his tenure in office. This would definitely have an effect on the way people voted and would, in general, probably help everyone make a more informed decision on who to vote for.

    July 22, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Irishspacemonk

    McCain should pick Jindal. This is the one pick that would surely be the maverick thing to do and do away with all the talk about inexperience and race. It would then be just about who's best for America. Obama wins that case every day.

    July 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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