November 22nd, 2008
04:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Why's Bobby Jindal in Iowa?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal heads to the state that kicks off the presidential primary season.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal heads to the state that kicks off the presidential primary season.

(CNN) - Bobby Jindal's in Iowa today. Louisiana's Governor will make a stop in Cedar Rapids to tour some of the damage from devastating floods earlier this year. He'll also participate in a fundraiser with some of the victims from the flooding. Tonight Jindal heads to Des Moines, where he's the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Iowa Family Policy Center's "Celebrating the Family" banquet, a major Christian conservative event.

Jindal's considered by many in the Republican party to be a rising star and his trip to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential primary season, is raising speculation that he might be interested in making a bid for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2012. But Jindal says such talk is misplaced and that he has no plans to make a run for the White House.

Jindal was a Congressman from Louisiana's first congressional district when he was elected the state's governor in 2007. At 36, he became the youngest current governor in the country. Jindal was born in Louisiana to parents who immigrated from India.

There was speculation this past summer that Jindal was, among others, in consideration for the Republican vice presidential nomination. In late July Jindal squashed such talk, saying he would not be the GOP vice presidential nominee. John McCain eventually picked another GOP governor, Sarah Palin of Alaska, as his running mate.


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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Lorna, NY

    Hopefully he will keep Sarah Palin out of the spotlight. God knows I am sick of that woman!

    November 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    If this is the start of the 2012 campaign, I'm moving to the eastern slope of the Peuvian Andes.

    November 22, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Barbara in NC

    I know how you feel Lorna. I hope Jindal has more sense than to pal around with that woman in any way at all.

    November 22, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Don

    Bobby Jidal is in Iowa campaigning for president in 2012. He should be here in Louisiana doing his job but that is not his style. I live in District 1 and when Jindal was elected to congress he immediatly started going around the state running for governor. Now that he is Governor he is going around running for president. If the people ever elect Jindal they will be disappointed because this guy has no record of doing the job he was elected to do. He has ZERO experience. If you want someone to run things elect Jindal's right hand mand, That's whos in charge.

    Don
    Hammond LA>

    November 22, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Should we care?

    November 22, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. JIM...TX

    I'm not a republican but do like this guy. Hope he doesn't get all tied up with the "religious" right nut jobs. Probably the one that should have been McCains VP pick instead of the moose hunter...hockey puck Mom:)

    November 22, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Adriana

    I believe Bobby Jindal would be an EXCELLENT choice for a new leader of the Republican Party. The Repubs need a person like him, who is very intelligent, grounded, and capable of moving the party forward! Further, Jindall is very mature beyond his years! And he is young enough to inspire the younger generation as well as bring motivation to the older generation! All positive attributes! It's good to hear he is in Iowa, today!

    November 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Pat

    Duh, I wonder why?

    November 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. kaz

    Bobby, need to do two thing, one keep Sara Palin away and second join Democratic party. Let Sara Palin and others have Republican party and keep shrinking.

    November 22, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. cpaeff

    I hope he runs in 2012, we'll need someone to unscrew the country after the Obama administration.

    November 22, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. reality

    I like Jindal, but he's a fierce idealog (). He doesn't seem to know the meaning of pragmatism.
    I say let him run in 2012, Obama will have an easier time defeating him. But I hope Palin runs.. she's so much fun to watch.. :)

    November 22, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Lynn in NM

    We just got over one nasty election, and we're going straight into another???? Give me a break! Give us at least a year moratorium before the sniping, and nastiness begins again. We need election laws such as Europe. Or better yet, use some common sense!

    November 22, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Nicholas from Nigeria

    I think its good for GOP for them to refocus on other potential candidate than being tied to the apron of sarah palin but GOP should put their plan to be after Obama 8yrs if they really want to succeed. From what I can access from Obama he will surely redeem the American dream.

    Nicholas Nigeria

    November 22, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Stephy

    Please, can we focus on the current crisis?

    November 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Erika

    It is clear that there is a motive behind this. When you are the Gov. of Louisiana there is no reason to tour the devastation of another state's natural disaster. Maybe he should focus more on the devastation of New Orleans.

    November 22, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Moxiegurl

    Bobby should just give up and help the people of Louisiana. He's got a lot of work here and hasn't done much yet.

    Get home Bobby and get back to work.

    Palin 2012!!!

    November 22, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Lisa , CT

    He is the perfect man to get Republicans back on track!!
    And, of course, there is the added bonus of keeping Palin away
    from even the option of running...
    the thought just makes me scared

    November 22, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Joe

    I dont think this guy will be the leader of GOP i believe mitt Romney will be the nominee.

    November 22, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. paul oregon

    i wonder if he pardoned a turkey like sarah. i bet the the republicans
    are really proud she is one of them. this is just going to get better who
    needs s n l go g. o. p. lol

    November 22, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. shaiiwn hoover

    let him run, let him explain his Policy, i think he might dffrent than the Old School Republican..those who run on just 1 policy(diviseness)
    those who believe that we still in 16century
    those who use the word (conservative) to hide an Proper Agenda
    those who can"t swallow the word (Globalisation)
    those who forget to aknowledge, that it is the 21century
    those who dare to challenge the Arm Forces.dieng on the battle field
    those who stand again the highest Constitution of America
    the Constitution who say anyone born in the Usa, not involve in any criminal activity , Intellectuel can apply for the highest Office
    in the End what that word Conservative mean??????
    we dont need another Pat Buchanan in Mankind History..God Bless America

    November 22, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Ms. G

    Aren't you ahead of yourselves, GOP. You don't even know what the result, if any, from the President-elect Administration will be. For all you know the American people will be satisfied with the way things are going. As long as things start working, GOP should take the time to get themselves together and know what their party stand for. So far, all I can see is the hatred that they have for people not seeing things their way.

    November 22, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. reggie

    Jindal and Palin would make a strong ticket for the next election.

    November 22, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Sue in MI

    Better him than the socialist from Alaska.

    November 22, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. SHAME

    Amen Lorna. Bobby over Palin any day. I don't agree with his politics but at least he is bright and intelligble.

    November 22, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Forget it Bobby----

    Sarah "Barracuda" Palin is running for president in 2012 and will replace the interim President Barack Obama.

    So Bobby, unless you want to run for VP, you might as well as head back to Louisiana.

    November 22, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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