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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  1. J.C.

    Yes, Governor Jindal would have been a much stronger VP choice for Senator McCain. But Governor Palin will enjoy starlight on TV from now on. It isn't a loss for her.

    November 22, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. There IS hope for the future>>>

    It has only been less than 3 weeks since the election. How can anyone take the run for the WH seriously when it is 4 years away?
    Give us a break. Who knows what will happen tomorrow let alone in 3 to 4 years?

    November 22, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Pier Giacalone

    I find it interesting that Jindal is being praised so highly when Louisiana is in terrible shape. New Orleans most of all stands as the murder capital of the country. There was just an article about how 4 out of 10 murder suspects in the city aren't even indicted.

    Aside from winning the governorship at a young age, what exactly is it we're supposed to be impressed with by Jindal? The fact that he's a minority and a Republican? With Colin Powell as the sad exception, my experience is that this is usually evidence of a lack of consideration for whom the Republican party actually represents. Alan Keys, Clarence Thomas, Sarah Palin....etc etc.

    November 22, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. 1984

    I cant wait to have a one world government and a one world President, and the flowers will bloom and everybody will sing.

    November 22, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Bobby is fine for a Republican, but not for me. He is anti-choice and I cannot stand the interference of government in personal reproductive choices.

    November 22, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Joe Green

    Enough already. No politcking until at least 2010 or later.

    It is too early to run in 2012 yet.

    America is turning into a perpetual campaign country, with the result that all we hear are promises and nothing actually ever gets done.

    November 22, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. John Pittsburgh

    I hope Palin runs in 2012. I had a good time making fun of my republican friends .

    November 22, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. G in BR

    Gov. Jindal is an extremely intelligent individual. That is one of the reasons that I voted for him. However, I have concerns for the fact that he doesn't seem to keep his mind and focus on the job that he has at the time. He always appears to be looking for his next move upwards so he can jump ship instead of finishing the job he started.

    I was also dissappointed that he started getting into the dirty political commercials of some of the republicans during the recent election. Gov. Jindal please focus on our state. God knows we have enough issues that need your attention!!

    November 22, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Linda32

    Great for Jindal, but how about he worries about the roads in Louisiana and all the unfinished reconstruction in Louisiana. My parents had to leave because of Katrina. My mother, a nurse, still goes back and forth, so I can honestly say that their has not been much improvement. If he can truly turn Louisiana around I would support him. At this point, not so much.

    November 22, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Turn Republican

    He'll get my vote if he run for President.

    November 22, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Phil

    An Indian who dislikes or marginalizies Black people and Hispanics?

    Jeb Bush, will emerge as the savior of the Republican Party, believe it or not!

    November 22, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Coultergeist

    What??? A Republican that isn't a pasty white fundie Christian and doesn't "look like us"? It'll never happen. That is way too radical for the GOP.

    November 22, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. carol

    I guess he testing the waters to see if a run for the Presidency may be in the offing.....unless Sarah boots him out of the way.
    Sarah still probably thinks she is "the one" to fill those shoes when it comes time....if that is the case then we'll have nothing to worry about by keeping Obama for another 4 years!!!!

    November 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Bridg

    LOL! Bring it on. Boby Jindal is yet another GOP wacko– the guy is into exorcism for God's sake! The Palin/Jindal ticket should be a blast. Yep, in their zeal to copy Obama (despite their hatred for him), the GOP goes for yet another wack job.

    November 22, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Elizabeth

    I'm barely getting over this election...

    I just want to live long enough to see a woman with global intelligence and strength in the top office.
    (Goddess knows that"s NOT Gov. Palin. As delightful a woman she appears to be, she's no potential leader of the free world)

    Senator McCain might just have won my cross party vote, if he'd gone with Senator Olympia Snowe as his VP.

    November 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. vic nashville,Tn

    Bobby Jindal is a great Governor , hard working and honest man
    Can he survive from dirty politics ?
    If he run for president in 2012 sure I will vote for him
    We need a leader like him

    November 22, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. 2000 Supreme Court

    Bobby better not cater too much to the reiligious right.

    The Religious Right brought down the Republican Party.

    November 22, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Peter

    Maybe he is on vacation.....

    November 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. joseph

    Palin/Jindal. That is going to be one team to reckon with. If Obama's 4 year term doesn't go well then the GOP might just get the White House back with this duo.

    November 22, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Voter in SC

    Give us a break! If he starts out nowl.....he'll be old news before the end of the year.

    November 22, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. John -- White Plains, NY

    Oh Please...

    November 22, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Jindal?

    Jindal is an intelligent man, but he won't receive my vote. Some of his policies are WAY too extreme. If he were a bit more moderate, he would get my vote.

    November 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. J.C.

    Governor Jindal isn't an Indian. He is an American, born and raised in the US. If illegal immigrants' children can get their birthright citizenship, why can't Jindal be accepted as a full ranked citizen?

    November 22, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Luke Brown

    JIndal was elected to Congress as a booster for Newt Gingrich. He helped the rich get richer, and happily joined in cutting programs that helped poor children, the disabled, and the elderly.

    Sounds like just the kinda guy America needs... in case we decide the country decides it needs to take a giant leap backwards.

    November 22, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. David

    It's become pretty obvious that Jindal used his gubernatorial victory in Louisiana as a stepping stone. The folks in La. aren't getting any better and Jindal's never around to do his job.

    For those who don't know Jindal, he's a hard right Republican who thumps the bible with the best of them.

    He's Sarah Palin with a five o'clock shadow.

    November 22, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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