December 10th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
5 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. Change

    He sounds like Obama. Liar, Liar!

    December 10, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Change

    Chicago thugs heading to the WH?

    December 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. David Goldman

    YOU DON'T HAVE A THING TO WORRY ABOUT, BUD.

    WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ELECTING YOU PRESIDENT.

    December 10, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  4. THarris

    Good, I wouldn't vote for him either. Please Republicans get with the program and get someone that has moved into the 21'st century.

    December 10, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. CanIcallyouJoe

    Wait, Republicans know this is a brown guy, right?

    Seriously? They know? ....you're not kidding, right?

    My god... GOP.... you might have become just a tiny bit progressive...

    ... the racist ,old white, former slave owners who fund this party are going to be maaaaad.......

    December 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. RJL

    To those who are hyping up this guy who has all but 6 months of experience give it a rest. I am an Indian and I see no way a soon to be extinct white, grand old party of fools(remember the Whigs) that played every race card against Obama and lost is going to elect an Indian guy and ignore Hispanics and Blacks who make up more numbers. Really people give it a rest. First, give the Hispanics and Blacks in your party a chance, then go for a minuscule minority, like second generation Indians. But to do that what are you going to do to them red necks or should I say KKK that is your current base?

    December 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. steve ohio

    i am a young conservative who has grown tired of the old white man stereotypes for republicans. the old white men are the moderates you all promote. in ohio conservatives backed an african american for governor, justice thomas is one of the most conservative justices, sarah palin was promoted by conservatives, bobby jindal is celebrated by conservatives. please look past your stereotypes and self-righteousness and consider the backing your words with some facts.

    December 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. jonathan

    How Predictable.
    Hillary Clinton's candidacy so popular, Republicans go nuts over Palin;
    Obama wins Presidency, Republicans go nuts over Jindal.

    Still Clueless after all this time.
    As long as their candidate his waving a bible around in one hand, what their candidate LOOKS like, doesn't matter to Republican voters.

    December 10, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Gride

    Considering every presidential campaign get longer and longer I think the new one is due to start in a couple weeks. Heck Obama started his before he was even elected senetor.

    December 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown

    He would lose anyway!

    December 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Anthony in New Orleans.

    Jindal has no track record. So far he has done almost nothing with his year in the governor's mansion and his time in the House was just seat warming.

    If Jindal wants to run for president then the national media needs to hold him to account with what he does in Louisiana in general and New Orleans in particular. When our state gets off the bottom of every desirable list and off the top of every shameful list then he can consider running for the top job. Until then he needs to stay in Louisiana and do the hard work that needs to be done in this state.

    Jindal. Quit going off to Iowa and Virginia and every other place. You have work to do at home.

    December 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Citizen K

    Take it from someone in Baton Rouge, he may not be running yet, but he is most certainly laying the groundwork to run.

    As to intelligence and able to digest data and get to the core of ANY issue, there is no match for Jindal from ANY elected official or cabinet officer. He is not a "let's see how intelligent you can sound" kind of leader, but instead a what solutions do we have kind of leader.

    In a debate he will hand Obama his head in about 5 minutes unless he wants to toy with him for a little while longer.

    December 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Pepe Le Pew

    Aw....give him a year or two, he'll change his tune. He's about the best the Republicans have.....please not SPalin!

    December 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Alex

    An Indian coworker of mine described him as an ABCD...funny.

    December 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. jl2008

    He's better than Palin, that I know for sure.

    December 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. KS

    Jindal is a SMART guy. He will not waste his chances at the shot for the Highest Office in 2012. He will for sure will march for 2016. Wait and see.

    December 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Zack

    Let's be honest, how many people would really turn down the opportunity to be president? Particular among politicians, where a larger-than-life ego is a practical necessity, I can't imagine that number is very significant.

    Why do we live in a society that refuses to let people openly say that, yes, they'd love to have the opportunity to make a very real difference as president?

    December 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. james

    2012 already!!.....please.

    December 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Ajith Hariharan, New Jersey

    It should be correctly stated as Bobby Jindal an American, born to Immigrant Indian Parents said no to running for President in 2012.
    Otherwise it is wrongful reporting–For two reasons,
    One, he is a born American Citizen, and two only born American Citizens can run for President.

    December 10, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. MLH

    The GOP could sure use him, but he is smart to be thinking long term. Four years from now might not be the time for him. He needs more national exposure, more experience and to be running someone besides Barack Obama.

    December 10, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Greg Hodges

    Hard to imagine all those good olde boys that are the bedrock of the G.O.P. getting excited by a candidate like Bobby Jindal.

    December 10, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Jake, Buffalo NY

    I truly hope that Governor Jindal changes his mind on this.

    Bobby Jindal is truly the ONLY hope for the future of the GOP. While I may have liked Sarah Palin at first, there is no way in hell she can ever win in a general election.

    Jindal is a new, fresh face with political will, conservative ideals, and the tested experience necessary to run the country.

    If the Republicans want to resurrect themselves in ANY way, Jindal is their man.

    December 10, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. whatever

    "The fact is Obama might screw up this country so bad almost any one would be able to beat him in 2012."

    Actually, he can't screw it up much worse than it is right now

    "I don’t see him as a republican but he is a conservative and for that reason he be one of the best people for the job." Gee, now there's a qualification. You "be" one of them educated rednecks?

    December 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Chandra

    How does being born to Indian parents in USA get you dual citizenship.
    My son is born here. He does not have indian citizenship. He is only has an american citizenship, though his father and mother are both Indian citizenship. Dual citizenship is something that has to be offered by both countries, and as of today India and USA do not have that agreement. Also at least a child born to Indian parents does not automatically get citizenship. He has to apply for citizenship in India and renounce his US citizenship.

    So based on the above, Jindal like on of your forefathers who was born to parents from europe is an american citizen.

    December 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  25. Ed Word

    Great news – here we haven't even sworn in 2008's president-elect and suddenly all eyes are on 2012

    Jindal will never be president.

    December 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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