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. Sheila

    Forget about any nonsensical Bailout schemes.

    The best way for the administration to move forward is to recognize that the only way to both save the auto-industry AND help main street simultaneously is to make the purchase of an American car 100% tax deductible.

    Think about it: it will stimulate the purchase of a GM, Chrysler, or Ford by millions of Americans who were in the market for a car anyway if they know they can deduct the price of that car from their 2009 taxes.

    It's genius, and it will save the U.S. car industry.

    November 22, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. VA

    Did you guys not bother to read the whole article?
    He clearly said he has absolutely no plans for running in 2012.
    Geez.
    Can't he just go somwhere to help others?

    November 22, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Jason, Tucson, AZ

    You know, I am planning a visit to Des Moines next month to visit the family. Does that mean that I might be thinking of a presidential run in 2012?

    November 22, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. That_One!

    I just came back from a trip in LA yesterday. The state is a mess with crumbling roads and other infrastructures. Even the roads in MS are in much better shape than in LA. Jindal should really try to fix the enormous problems in his state instead of trying to run for elections that are 4 years away. Besides, the GOP is not going to choose someone like him anyway.

    November 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Drew

    why doesn't anyone see the obvious here, my prediction in 2012 this guy will be picked as vp running mate to try and get the latino vote.

    November 22, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Don, your description of Jindal reminds me of Obama. He's never stayed in one job long enough to do anything either. The part about ZERO experience fit perfectly too.

    November 22, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. HAWK, TEXAS

    He dosen't stand a chance unless he hugs up to the right wing religous nut jobs if he does that then he is finished. new orleans is still a disaster area and he has not done one thing to try and correct that. i live 2 miles from la. and i have not heard of one thing that he has done for his state.

    November 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Jerry in MI

    Look what he had done when Hurrican threaten Lousiana .he showed great management ,Leadership and Critical thinking in time of crissis ,very good quality for true Leadership.
    this guy has good potential to be a great leader.

    November 22, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Hayden

    Rob said, "Great–the male sarah Palin." What do you know of Gov. Jindal? He has done amazing things in Louisiana. Don't dismiss the man. Of course, I understand, you are just doing what you're told. Jindal is the future of the Republican party. He is bright, energetic and a great Governor. I think what worries some Democrats is that in 2012 President-elect Jindal will be replacing Barack Obama in the WH.

    November 22, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. MN observer

    Amen Lorna from NY. I can't believe how much spot light the media puts on that woman. They poke fun at her and her antics, interveiws etc and yet keep asking her to appear on their shows. They think she can write a book and a whole bunch of other stuff. Not in this life time!

    Well, I guess I have to be honest and note that there are a lot of people who out there who are as narrow minded and bigoted as she and the rest of the religious right are so they will probably watch her and buy her books.

    November 22, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. FJ from Atlanta

    Nice guy, good face for the republicans. However, I want 8 years of Obama.

    If Jindal is smart, he will wait until 2016. The republicans will get slaughter in 2012. Don't be the sacrificial lamb. Let that car salesman Romney get crush in '12.

    November 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA

    Well...... duh! Running for president!

    NOTE to Republicans:

    Lose the far-right-hate-lies-fear and division mongers. OR prepare to lose over and over and over and over again.

    America REJECTS the VILE politics for the extremist like Hannity, Palin, OReilly, Limbaugh....... Savage, Reagan and........'Faux News'!!

    November 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. baby

    Who cares?????

    November 22, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. simon

    Enough,Enough,Enough Already!

    November 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. KEN

    We haven't even seen what obama can do for America. I say these people should wait. This is turning out power hungry country!

    November 22, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Nick

    Go away! Enough already!

    November 22, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Paul

    Any person intent on advancing his or her own political interests at a time when clear thinking, vision and bipartisanship is required is not worthy of any office.

    November 22, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Obamacan

    Obama 2012!

    November 22, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Mike in Ca

    There is not going to be a Republican President for at least 12 years

    November 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. DJB from Texas

    Jindal has enough problems in Louisiana. It is always in the "bottom 2 or 3" of anything important–like infant health, education, per capita income, etc. One would think the man would seek accomplishing something there before setting sights on other offices. Something has got to change about the way politicans constantly seek a higner office after they are just elected. The people of Louisiana pay you Bobby. Serve them!!!

    November 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. gc

    Hey 1984, are you proposing this to the republicans? There global corporate plan would benefit.

    November 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Anna, Missouri

    If Barack Obama accomplishes 1/4 of what he has set out to do in the next 4 years, Bobby Jindal will not even try to run for President. He is smart and intelligent enough to know that no Rebublican will be able to beat Obama and he will not want to be the loser. The Republicans always have to "wait their turn" and I see him re-elected as govenor in two years, then running for the senate while he continues to become a national figure. He has his youth going for him and will be willing to wait it out.

    It will take that long for the Republicans to get used to the idea of nominating someone who is a first generation of immigrant parents, and has a first name of Piyush. If you want any proof of that, then ask yourself why his legal first name used to be listed on his official govenor's website, but now it does not appear anywhere on it.

    November 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. philip

    Reading all these comments just confirms my theory about the republicans - they can not stand to loose and before Obama takes office they are talking about his mis-steps. They must be psychic! This reminds me of 1992 when Clinton was President-Elect. The witchhunt started then and 70 million dollars later, all they found was a private indiscretion that happened DURING the investigation. The Democrats don't play that way – start an investigation during year one and hope that by year 8 you have found something or caused enought havoc to further mess up our country. Guess what, it did not work with Clinton - remember everyone was better off and the rich republicans seemed to like their livin' when Clinton was in there! And it will not work with Obama who is twice as smart as Clinton and 100% times as disciplined. I was a Hillary supporter, a middle aged southern, white boy who can't wait to see just what he can do. So all you nasty republicans need to get in line and do your part in turning this country around. After all you messed it up worse than you did in the late 1920's.

    November 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Peter (CA)

    He's there because the 2008 election is over and 2012 is coming.

    A good candidate but I am curious to hear how he would govern. I understand he has some extreme views.

    November 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Jindal isn't doing anything to stop the crime in the State of Louisiana or the reconstruction. Jindal seems to be only interested in his political gains, his state deserves more than he is offering.

    November 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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