November 22nd, 2008
04:11 PM ET
10 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. Leigh

    I'm a Democrat who has a lot of respect for Jindal and Palin, so while they (probably) wouldn't win my vote, I'd like to see a Palin/Jindal 2012 or Jindal/Palin 2012 ticket for the Republicans.

    November 22, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Annjell

    I think Jindal will not run for president. He appears to be calm and under control. Why would he want to deal with the republicans bullying and intimidation tactics?

    Besides, after the American people see what's in store for them after everything is discover when the new administration, the republicans will be done. The republicans will all probably switch to independents like Bob Barr did, he was a republican for Georgia.

    Not only that, with all the tactics done by the GOP such as trying to blame Obama for the economy when he's not in office. The most devastating blow to the republicans will be that W is from their ticket, and they let him do nothing to revive this economy. Remember, W took the oath swearing to protect this nation and its interests. Not one republican member has asked W to step down, I don't even see them trying to push resolutions for articles of impeachment. Instead, they hope he stays out of the shadows and keep quiet. It's sad, you have people losing their jobs and homes, yet, he is living like a king paid for by the taxpayers and without a care for the people. Well, except the people his trying to do free-trade deals with. Wow, talking about biting the hand that feeds you.
    As far as I'm concerned, a republican can never have my vote.

    November 22, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. susan lane

    please, tell me your not serious. I am a 40 year old white die hard republican. I want to see a good old, hoe grown real white american to be the next republican presidential nominee. like Romney or Huckabee. Jindal please sit down.

    November 22, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. susan lane

    please, tell me your not serious. I am a 40 year old white die hard republican. I want to see a good old, home grown real white american to be the next republican presidential nominee. like Romney or Huckabee. Jindal please sit down.

    November 22, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. chuck

    Being a Govenor was the ultimate dream.I don't see him going further.This is beyond his limit,his intelligence and character.

    November 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |


    November 22, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Bill, CA

    Two years from now, Obama will be crying like a baby!

    November 22, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Erik from Real PA

    When will the right-wingers learn? We don't want them anymore. 365 to 173 Electoral College votes proves it. 53% to 46% of the popular vote proves it.

    November 22, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. lee in LA.

    Jindal cant even get housing for recent hurrcane victims in Coastal Cameron parish in Louisiana– they are living in TENTS down there and he's off injIowa looking for personal gain..........

    November 22, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Unsure about Jindal but...

    None of the 2008 GOP candidates...whether Romney, Huckabee, Palin or Gulliani are presidential material.

    They can run again in 2012 but they will lose

    November 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Phoenix

    Jindal needs to run for president in 2016. He is more qualified than any Republican that is currently in the spotlight. Unfortunately because Jindal's party is filled with bigots he will have a rough time. Hmmm, another qualified man of color who could possibly experience rejection because of ignorance. How unfortunate...

    November 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Marty, FL

    Governor Jindal reminds me of Huckabee in a way. Both governors seem to be nice gentlemen, but their political views are too far right and fundamentally extreme in their mix between church and state. It is one of the reasons I left the Republican Party.

    Our country just finished with a long election cycle; therefore, all elected officials should be focusing on the important tasks of governing now, instead of the next campaign.

    While they are at it, why not enact some election reforms, particularly with the primaries? We should have either a national primary date or rotating regions much later in the year. It might help minimize some of the misguided campaigning and speculations whenever a politician travels.

    November 22, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. tanyia

    I didn't vote for Jindal but I have to give him credit for Hurricane Gustav. When the national media left Louisiana after Hurricane Gustav did not destroy New Orleans, Bobby Jindal along with our mayor helped to get the generators and the supplies that we needed to our city.

    Bobby Jindal will not be a good Presidential candidate because he is weak. When the legislators in Louisiana tried to give themselves another pay raise Bobby refused to vetoe the bill until people threatened to toss him out of office.

    November 22, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    Hayden – actually what worries me, as a Democrat, about Bobby Jindal is the fact that he wants creationism taught in public schools. Having been taught creationism as well as evolution in Catholic school, I don't have a problem with the concept per se, just it being taught in public schools. I believe the separation of church and state is essential for our democracy to survive.

    November 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Bill in DC

    This talk of Jindal as a possible presidential candidate for the republicans is soooo cynical. the only reason GOP is floating his name is to show they have a person of color to whom they can point to.

    In reality, Jindal is no Obama and never will be. He's only fooling himself if he thinks he's presidential material.

    The GOP would not even give this guy the time of day if he weren't a person of color.

    Here's a prediction: the GOP will become a minor political party within next 8 - 12 years. Current GOP moderates will either form a third party or join the Democratcs.

    Oh, and one more thing, Obama will be a great president in the likes of Washington, Lincloln, T. Roosevelt, and FDR.

    November 22, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Pollywog

    What's wrong with believing what the man said? He said he was there to gain knowledge about the results of the flood...and to participate with a fundraiser. He was asked to be guest speaker at a Christian event. I believe him. Period.

    Negative thinking is so self-destructive. I hope that President-Elect Obama will lead in ways that can help all Americans to regain a more positive and optimistic look at life.

    November 22, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. The T

    All these Governor running around the place, who's doing their JOBS back in their home states...Esp New Orleans ...Gov Jindal go home, we need you.

    November 22, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. seattle

    i don' like this gay he is like mc....

    November 22, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Willy Brown

    My guess he's christmas shopping.

    November 22, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. Arundel

    Ha! Obama voters! Hope...change..... What has Obama done for the murder capital of America besides vote "Present"

    The Messiah is going to be a disaster. He Has hired only Clinton retreads! LOL!

    November 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. Independent Fred

    Haden said, I think what worries some Democrats is that in 2012 President-elect Jindal will be replacing Barack Obama in the WH.

    *Sigh* Haden please..

    First off Jindal is a bright star but he'll not be so foolish as governor Palin.
    If Obama proves to be competent 2016 will be the GOP's next chance.

    Maybe some of you're GOP buddies need to study what true conservatism means. It's not catering to the religious right, Wall street elites or the KKK/Skinheads.

    When the GOP present a clear vision for America maybe Independents like myself will listen.

    November 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Hillary

    I've met Jindal several times while working at a local Louisiana television station. He's a genuinely nice guy, but I don't think he's moderate enough to compete in 2012.

    November 22, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Carl Justus

    Did he bring Ted Haggard with him along with Robertson, Dobson, Reed, E. Gordon Liddy, Young and others so he would know how the outcome will be before he begins to speak.

    November 22, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Aaron from Ohio

    Governor Jindal is popular in the republican party but the base is moving even further to the right. When you look at the electoral map and see where the republicans did well, you notice they took the white conservative areas. Bobby's parents are from Indian. I have a hard time believeing the good ol' boys from the evangelical areas are going to vote for a man who doesn't look like them. Jindal is extremely conservative but conservative credentials alone probably won't convince them to put their racial suspicions aside. My guess would be that many conservatives would stay at home. Unless the right wing starts to move toward the center, the moderates and independents aren't going to vote republican for awhile. If Obama starts to turn the economy around, they'd probably be smart to run Palin and let her take a beating rather than have a rising star get pasted in an election.

    November 22, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Murna

    Right guy, wrong party.

    November 22, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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