July 22nd, 2008
11:55 AM ET
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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)

    This is all smoke and mirrors which the McSame campaign has become very good at. Jindal has no chance and we all know it will be Plenty or Mitt.

    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Sue

    My bet is that Gov Jindal will not be tagged for VEEP because he is too young to be President IAW Constitution. . .

    And, whether some of you dem's believe it or not, republicans do abide by the Constitution of the USA.

    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. NSmith, New York, NY

    Jindal? Hmm, I mean I guess he's qualified for VP, if McCain sees him as more of a manager. He was State University President, Congressman, and Governor. Having said that, I'm backing Obama because the biggest issue is foreign policy, an issue that McCain was wrong on, and that Jindal has less experience than Obama on.

    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. 1paperclip

    Abby, Obama supporter from FL
    Could YOUR racism be any more BLANTANT? This race isn't about race. It's about getting a DEMOCRAT in office as PRESIDENT!

    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |

    GO OBAMA (This is for you mick)

    In all honestly, McCain has dug himself into way too many holes, and does not have enough personality (John Kerry anybody?) He could pick Jesus as his running mate and still lose.

    July 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Piyush "Bobby Outsourcer" JIndal

    If Bobby Jindal is selected (I don't think he will be... McCain will fall into the trap of picking Flip Romney), the question will inevitably come up in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana about what exactly Bobby Jindal was doing working for McKinsey as a consultant.

    Do a little digging and you'll find he was busy working for Lakshmi Mittal and ArcelorMittal, which took over American steel company ISG.

    I wonder what the Lou Dobbs crowd would think of that?

    CNN won't post this because I'm sure they contract work to McKinsey as well and wouldn't want negative comments about their Sith Masters.

    July 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Chris

    Lol, is this a joke? Jindal has no chance. He's from Louisiana. Republicans are not going to lose Louisiana.
    There are much better candidates to appeal to the far right. Well, go for it McCain, I want Obama to win anyways.

    Obama '08

    July 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Mike Dallas

    As a Louisiana native and lived there thru governor Edwards(convicted of illegal gambling), believe me, being the governor is setting the height of the bar pretty low. Just look at how the past governor Kathy handled Katrina. Now Jindal loses track of supplies and supplies. I would thing McCrypt is visiting to personally tell him he did not make the final cut, before he announces his choice.

    While we are on the subject of bad governor choices, what about HRH, he has certainly turned out to be an individual of stellar integrity and intelligence..........

    July 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Matt Schoewe

    It's looking more and more like Obama's on shaky ground. There's no way he'll win this election.

    July 22, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Doug

    Jindal would fit right in. His ties to energy lobbyists, his opposition to abortion for any reason and rejection of stem cell research would make him attractive to the religious right.

    July 22, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. An American

    Is poor ol' whiddle McCain getting jealous of the Obama? Now, now, take your meds...

    July 22, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Warren

    Once again the liberal base is putting words in peoples mouths and not doing their homework.

    Keep dreaming.

    1. Jundal won't be the VP


    2. He wasn't the governor during Katrina

    The fact of the matter is, the real deciding factor is who Obama selects as VP, not McCain.

    And truth be told, both candidates will make terrible Presidents. TERRIBLE. Both of the candidates base decisions on their gut (aka the party lines) instead of the master document (the constitution). Almost 90% of what they say they will do in public is beyond the powers extended to them in the constitution.

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. A CANUCK

    McCain needs a "boy wonder" cause he ain't gonna make it on his own !!!!!

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Jordan

    Governor Jindal has more executive experience than does Senator Obama. Not to mention the fact that the White House hasn't been won without a Southerner on the ticket for ages.

    If McCain does pick Jindal, I may consider voting for him. Otherwise, it's Alan Keyes for me!

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. SDB

    Bush ends the war and brings the troops home before the election and really steals Obama's thunder....

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. NO-BO

    Why not Jessie Ventura.

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Naming Jindal his VP would certainly undercut his argument that Obama is too young and inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. The VP has to be someone ready to step in at a moments notice, and Jindal is younger and more inexperienced than Obama.

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    Just because he is a governer doesn't make for a good vice-president and a potential president.

    Take Bush for instance...

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. David from Ohio

    If McCain would pick Jindal as his running mate, it would be a rather transparent attempt by the GOP to appeal to minority voters, which it has frankly ignored in its policies. It's amusing when Republicans complain that minority voters choose Democrats out of habit then turn around and propose policies that target those same minority voters.

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Concerned about the economy too

    After reviewing names for McCain's VP...I'm concerned John is not addressing his biggest weakness and a very important issue for the US...lack of experience on the economy. I would think McCain would be smarter to look at someone like STEVE FORBES for VP. I get tired of Presidential candidates primarily looking at what state their VP would bring. I know you need to be elected first, but I think both should be looking beyond the election and consider who is best when he is governing. As we all know....the person that has a winning campaign to be elected...does not mean much on how well he will govern the country.

    July 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Throw a bone

    Throw a bone to the media. They run like –? Old dog with old tricks.

    July 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Carl from Atlantic City

    Bad move for Jindal. If Obama wins (which he will) and has a terribly rough four years (which he will) Jindal could run for the Whitehouse in four years.

    This McCain thing is a losing proposition for him.

    July 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. SUE

    puma murphy – why not collect your money together and get hrc out of debt.

    July 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. JJ from Arizona

    Also, news flash everyone. It's not going to be lieberman, either. They pick VP's to balance a ticket. McCain already has problems with the right wing, how could he pick someone arguably farther left than he is?

    July 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Yes, please select Bobby Jindal as VP. Now we just have right-wing loonies who think there's something scandalous about Obama's middle name. If Jindal is McCain's running mate, maybe we'll get some left-wing loonies to insist on calling him by his given name, "Piyush."

    Jindal is an odd ball, with a medical background but very antiquated views on evolution and "intelligent design." It's amazing to see how he's been able to use his intellect to adopt views that are clearly bizarre in the modern world, just to pander to a group of voters.

    July 22, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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