December 10th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Jindal says not interested in being president

Jindal says he's not interested in running for president .
Jindal says he's not interested in running for president .

(CNN) – Bobby Jindal - the Indian-American Louisiana governor who is widely viewed as one of the frontrunners for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination - flatly said Tuesday he's not interested in seeking the White House.

"No," Jindal said definitively when asked if he was interested in being president, according to The Associated Press.

Jindall made the comments at a Richmond, Virginia, news conference, during which he endorsed Bob McDonnell – a Republican running for governor of Virginia.

Jindal said instead he has his sights set on seeking reelection to his current office in 2011.

But AP reports Jindal, whom many Republicans view as best positioned to transform the party's image, did not rule out the possibility he may change his mind about a White House run.

Jindal ventured to Iowa last month for a set of appearances and fundraisers - a move that fueled speculation he was begining to lay groundwork in the crucial early presidential voting state.


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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Once you vote Black

    Thats cause he knows better. LA problems were easy to see, but this cat has no national vision. GOP want so much to get back in office, but they will have to do the hard work of understanding why they lost first. With Palin, The MaHa Rushie, Hanity, and Joe the Plummer in the forefront Big Daddy O will finish his term and hand it off to Hillary or who ever is next. GOP: Intrespection is needed.

    December 10, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Smart Move

    He's smart, he's only 36. He'll be 40 in 4 years. Let's him bake a little in the oven. Then in 2020, he'll be ready.

    December 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. 801BMF

    Jindall is no different from the rest of the GOP scum. He's endorsing a republican in Virginia which a completely BLUE state. These uys just don't get it. They need a complete makeover. He needs to just man his post in LA. That goes for the rest of those republicans like Romney, Palin and Huckabee. The Bush Administration has left a nasty taste in the mouths of the American people about what conservatism is. Thanks, but no thanks.

    December 10, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I think he will make a run when the time comes.

    December 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Sherrol in Canada

    Too bad Bobby!! You're one of the most intelligent ones they've got. But then again maybe it's because you're smart why you're not going for it.

    I'm begging you however, if Palin throws her hat in, please, please, please reconsider.

    December 10, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Smart

    He's smart, he's only 36. He'll be 40 in 4 years. Let him bake a little in the oven. Then in 2020, he'll be ready.

    December 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Armando

    Our only hope, Ron Paul 2012!!!

    December 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. A Woman In California For Obama

    Liar. He will run and he will lose. BIG TIME. People are not loving the fact their jobs are being shipped out to India. While Mr. Jindal is impressive and does have qualifications (unlike that monkey Palin)-he could not close the deal.

    December 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. abe

    I do not see why he would want to lay himself down for the slaughter. there is no hope for the GOP in 2012 unless BHO messes up big time. I don't see it hapening...

    December 10, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Matthew

    When he was first elected to the Senate, Obama vowed to serve a full term. Either he was lying or he saw an opportunity and decided to change his mind and go for it.

    I wouldn't rule Jindal out either.

    December 10, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Patrick

    Look at how the Republican fringe have treated Obama. Do you think they would accept "Bobby" Jindal as their candidate?

    December 10, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Tyrone Brown

    For most of "real America" Jindal is really a conservative Democrat dressed up as a Republican. The true "red, white and blue-blooded" candidate for the President 2012 is Sarah Palin – she is the future of the Republican Party remember!

    Jindal for President...in 2024.

    December 10, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. vic

    He knows he won't get elected.
    The republicans are so worried about 2012...why don't they concentrate on helping solve the problems at hand (our country is crumbling) and stop with the 2012 rhethoric.
    Idiots galore!!!

    December 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Experience

    He has more executive expeirence, as a governor, than Obama does. The governor of Illinois makes the rest of us look like angels, including Obama and all the Democrats such as Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Nancy Pelosi.

    December 10, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. t

    We need you Bobby!!

    December 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Joe the Builder

    Interesting!

    December 10, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Gloria, El Paso ,TX

    Helloooooooo, why are all these republicans jumping to 2012 when our newly elected President Obama hasn't even been sworn in?

    Accept it losers!!! Obama is our new president so shut up about 2012......besides you republicans don't have anybody that is smart enough to run for president. That is totally disrespectful, not to acknowledge we have a wonderful man who was just elected into the presidential office.

    GIVE HIM A CHANCE!!!!!!!! He will clean the mess Goofy Bush made the past 8 years.

    December 10, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Tired of W, OH

    Can we PLEASE let Obama be inaugurated before we talk about the next election? Is the only purpose of politicians to perpetually run for office? What about making laws and serving the people? Is there time to squeeze that chore in, please?

    December 10, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. A Really Conservative Realist

    He is a real conservative.

    December 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. fact checker

    Barack Obama said the exact same thing four years ago.

    He didn't change his mind until October of 2006.

    Bill Clinton also promised Arkansas voters in 1990 that he wouldn't run for President two years later.

    December 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Real Change

    I'm not normally in the business of giving Republicans advise, but this guy is there best bet going forward.

    December 10, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Texas Observer

    That is NOT good news for the Republicans. Jindal is the only smart leader I can see in the Republican leadership ranks. In a way, this is not very surprising. I believe he fancies his chance more in 2016.

    December 10, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. dan

    Two comments:

    1. Obama hasn't even taken office yet. I would like to humbly request that the media not jump start the 2012 campaign at least until AFTER inauguration day! Give us a little break, please!
    2. When the time does come, I would like to hear more about Gov. Jindal's policies, accomplishments, etc. It is time for some new faces in the Republican party.

    December 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. rhoward

    Well, what else did you expect him to say? I would've been shocked if he'd said yes right now since he would want the governorship to springboard his campaign from. Just who would vote for him if he said he only wanted to be re-elected just so he could run for president a year later.

    December 10, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Rebekah A.

    I'm a Democrat, but I like Jindal...he seems like a decent guy. After Obama wins in 2012, I would consider voting Jindal in 2016 (if the Dems don't have a better candidate)

    December 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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