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. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    If Limbaugh likes him, he must be a pure, piece of work!

    July 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Donna from Colorado Springs

    It makes no difference who McBush picks because he will not be the next idiot in the white house.

    July 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Lawrence

    I was originally very heartened to hear about Jindal's rise in Louisiana.

    Now, with the more I hear about him – the more he scares me. Not only did he sign a bill to allow for the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools, but he claims to have performed an Exocist on a CLOSET! (he has a YouTube video where he talks about his Fundamentalist beliefs & Exocisms).

    Scary Guy!

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. dennis from chicago

    mc cain can not choose mickey mouse because o bama already has......who do you think is going to be at his sermon on the mount in colorado........MINNIE MOUSE i hear they read teleprompter real well//// Change .. is what is left when o bama is through with you

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Marilyn from Ohio

    AND what Military Experience does Jindal have? You know, in case McCain doesn't last? You know, the military experience he says Obama lacks. Furthermore, he endoresed George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and the only military expereience Bush had was being a playboy in the Texas Air National Guard. GO DEMOCRATS!!

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. David

    Bobby Jindals experienece.: He was elected in late 2007? Who cares if he has a governer.... He hasnt even received his desk yet and these loony republicans are saying "he's a governer, he has experienece. Man, these crazy republicans are throwing the whole book out there hoping something sticks. get a life republicans!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Eddie Blake

    Yes. It is time for a return to fundamentalist Christian roots. We have to take back these overrated "freedoms" that all these liberals have installed. Freedom is not what we're about. We need security, order, control, and a God-fearing poplace.

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. gObama

    Funny: He chose the name "Bobby" after watching Bobby Brady from the Brady Bunch on TV. His real name is Piyush. I think McCain should pick the actual Bobby Brady, Mike Lookinland. He's a racecar driver. That's cool. However, Piyush can likely fix the code on government websites to make them easier to navigate. I'm just thinking out loud here.

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Kevin

    You people are funny when you feel threatened. To say Jindal has less experience, because he is younger than Obama is ridiculous! Jindal has ACTUALLY RUN A GOVERNEMENT. Obama has barelybeen present to make votes. NObama 08!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. BAnderson

    This is an obvious ruse. John McCain is no more going to pick Bobby Jindal than Barack Obama is going to pick Chuck Hagel. This entire experiment is designed to take attention from Senator Obama's historic trip to the Middle East and Europe while at the same time attacking Obama for a surge strategy which would not have been needed if we had not invaded that country in the first place. I would only hope that independent, intelligent people would see through this stuff and demand that the media report the news in a factual manner minus the opinions and innuendos.

    July 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. SocialismSucks

    Remember Democrats it was the Republicans that freed the slaves and it was the Democrats that fought to keep them enslaved and Democrats lynched blacks by the boat load.

    You guys elected a KKK clansman to congress for years and years and you have the nerve to accuse Republicans for Racism?

    Here is a hint for you. Republicans put Blacks more into power than Democrats.

    J.C. Watts, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Michael Steele, Condi Rice, Colin Powell etc. – These people are not Democrats!

    July 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Yeah...No

    Ms. RDS wrote: "The day the republican party picks a minority for the 2nd highest office in the land, yeah that'll be the day."

    Let's see...President Bush has the most diverse cabinet in history. Don't quit your day job.

    July 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Dan

    Great choice...but I worry about the controversy:

    Jindal is a creationist and McCain is older than Adam.

    The religious right will just have to to work it out amongst themselves.

    An exorcist prevailing over the Senate will be cool, though.

    July 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Michael

    Get real. Does anyone actually believe that the republicans would support this guy as a VP? They may like his politics, they may like his youth, but there is no way they will ever support him on the ticket.
    I agree with the other postings, this is just an attempt by the MCain camp to steal attention from Obama with Rush helping out.

    July 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. JJ from Arizona

    It won't be Jindal, he's too young. Romney or Guiliani. One of those two.

    July 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Peter of Oregon

    I thought you had to be 40 years old to serve as President. God forbid something happened to John McCain in his first year or two in office due to his old age... would Jindal legally be able to fill his shoes as President?

    July 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Gimme A Break

    I cant see the Conservative racists voting for Jindal as VP. I hope he is picked. That will mean most of the Republican racists will just stay home.
    You know they only base decisions off of what a name sounds like.

    July 22, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Jindal the voodoo man pls give me a break.. CNN your doing all you can to get McCain some air time aren't you.

    July 22, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Louisiana Native

    We can't lose Bobby Jindal! He's the first good thing to happen to LA politics since before I was born! Plus, he really won't help McCain's chances. OBAMA '08!

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

    He still wont be able to win.

    OBAMA 08

    July 22, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. SocialismSucks

    Face it Democrats, OBAMA is a poor choice for president as he has little experience to be Commander in Chief.

    This fact will not go away no matter how many media journalists you have on your side.

    Jindal in short, saved Louisiana's hospital system before the age of 30, Served a term already in Congress (seems a few Obamanation supporters didn't know this), restored the integrity to a state that badly needed it, was the only Louisiana Congressional or gubernatorial person from Louisiana to ever get anything accomplished for Katrina recovery, and has done more in his governorship of Louisiana than his predecessor, Democrat Kathleen Bimbo Blanco.

    July 22, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. chuck

    This is so funny I can't stop laughing. Call it what you want, but this guy looks more Islamic than Barack Obama ever could even with a turban. The fact that he is so much younger and less experienced than Obama is also laughable. McCain who at times looks like he won't make it another year, would want us to vote for him knowing that this guy would be the next in line for the seat in the Whitehouse. The Republican election scenario just keeps getting funnier and funnier. Rush Limbaugh likes him though. I'm sure the religious nutjobs will think he is great also. Maybe he can perform an exorcism on the Republican party. Oh excuse me, there wouldn't be one then. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

    July 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Patriotism?

    Obam goes abroad and trying to establish good foreign policies and McCain -what he does? Continuously criticise. Cann't he atleast keep his mouth shut for couple of days until Obama returns? McCain talks nonsense about patriotism and winning the war. War mongering and cheer leading for capital punishment? Just get rid of thes old folk like McCain with his outmoded practices..Getting sick of him really.

    July 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Bryan

    Name one difference (besides race) that makes Obama different than Carter or Mondale? Same sophist socialist political philosophy and pseudointellectual rhetoric... I can repeat the words 'change' and 'future' over and over again, too... does that make me qualified to be President?

    July 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Scott

    Jindal should continue to build his resume for a future national run. I find the liberals on these blogs with their charges that the Republicans are racist interesting. Afterall, it was the Democrats that brought race and sexism charges to the forefront in the Clinton/Obama race. Also, I find it interesting that whenever Republicans appoint minorities to high level positions – Powell, Rice, Chow, etc, the left calls the appointees derogatory names such as uncle toms. It is the left that is intolerant of any divergence from the standard left ideology/doctrine.

    July 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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