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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  1. Erik C

    what propoganda, thanks CNN!

    Peter Schiff for President in 2012!

    December 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. nick, houston

    Who cares. Obama has not even been in office yet and we are talking about next election. Too soo, Cnn. Too soon. How bout some scrutiny of the people who are in office as we speak, huh?

    December 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. Alan

    Newsflash: Obama COULD actually pull off what he says he will. He's nearly a month away from even taking office. If he can pull off HALF of what he says he will - this country is going to be so radically changed and uplifted no one will have a CHANCE in 2012.

    I recall everyone who is now saying "Obama could screw up so badly..." now also said "Obama WILL screw up so badly he doesn't have a chance to win."

    To have a chance in 2016, the Republicans will have a LOT of work to do as well. The mess from their LAST pick - twice - still isn't even done. Bush's current handling of the financial crises is - well - about on a par with his handling of Katrina and the war. Things continue to get worse as nothing gets done. I think the Republicans actually believe the worse the situation is when it's finally handed off to Obama, the less chance he'll have to succeed and the better they'll look.

    To me, it just makes the Republicans look heartlessly greedy.

    Wake up call: This country doesn't have four years to keep getting worse. Our new president - if it was daffy duck - MUST succeed or the country fails. Period. This is bigger than parties. The entire world economy is sitting on the head of a pin. Obama MUST succeed and we must, regardless of our parties or feelings, help. Or we get to go down with the ship.

    December 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Darrell Singh

    Lori – you are an ignorant person to think that minorties only vote DEM or liberal. Though a majority do – its not a VAST majority. Please read up on the California PROP 8 which calls for banning gay marriage in the state of California. 80% of minorities voted for this Prop.

    Jindal is a Republican front-runner because he is an established and experienced conservative and a successful leader. Republicans will not only support, but rally around his nomination. We as REP don't care about his skin color, we care about the big 3: Fiscal Spending, National Defense, and Conservatism.

    -Darrell Singh

    December 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Matthew, Idaho

    Doggone. I really like Bobby Jindall. Every time I listen to him, I am just really impressed. He would have been a great choice. Of course, as others have said, there is a good chance that he will change his mind in 4 years. Why not?

    December 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Dave, Illinois

    All you Obamites with the smart a$$ remarks might want to learn a little humility. Blagojevich will soon start to sing as part of a plea bargain and your dirty Chicago Dems will all start to fall like dominoes.

    December 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. CNN :)

    Hey MIKE IN NYC....too funny that MLK was a REPUBLICAN! Get your facts straight. Dems love to make minorities and women feel they should only be democrat, yet HISTORY shows, the republican party fought for those things MLK fought for.....

    December 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. steve

    Gop and their obstructionist senators who are playing politics and trying to block the auto bailout are Ant-American and should be ashamed of themselves.
    After 8 yrs of bush and republican damage to this country, they are out to do more damage just because they are trying to prove that they wouldn't work with the new democratic leadership.

    December 10, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. steve

    Gop and their obstructionist senators who are playing politics and trying to block the auto bailout are Anti-American and should be ashamed of themselves.
    After 8 yrs of bush and republican damage to this country, they are out to do more damage just because they are trying to prove that they wouldn't work with the new democratic leadership.

    December 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Doug

    Wow. Everybody bagging the repub's as racist. Seems to me the last President (R) put minorities in power positions not the dem's in the 90's. Now that O has put Hillary in a sec of state they say "he's not afraid of women in power....look at all the diversity". Bush appointed minorites as well but they were called uncle tom's by the non-racist dem's. As I see it, the dem's are the biggest racists out there and that is why they shout everytime they choose a woman or minority.

    December 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Tom

    He's being honest.

    He believes he needs to put in more than one term as LA governor, and he can't make a commitment yet to run for 2012. Nobody can.

    It all depends on what happens over the next 2 to 2 1/2 years, and how the Obama administration does.

    If Obama has an OK first half of term, it is less likely Jindal will want to tango in 2012. In that case, he would be stronger in 2016.

    But come people, it is SSSSOOOOO early.

    Don't count Sarah out either. She is really charismatic. If she decides to go national and keep up with those issues along with getting her game going, those two are very good candidates for all Americans. What a great team they'd be.

    December 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Mike

    Bobby who? Give me a break. As parochial as the GOPers are, do you think their base would give him a second look?

    December 10, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. petena

    He will run in 2016 'cause he knows Obama would beat him in 2012

    December 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Democrites

    "What is Jindal doing on the other side?? There is no way that the Republican party that consists of insecure old, white men who feel THREATENED by diversity would ever vote for an Indian man on the national ticket. Jindal, you're too smart to be with that party. Join the party where people probably aren't using racial slurs behind your back. The Democratic party is filled with diversity (white, black, Latinos, Asians, etc) and appeals to a fresh new generation that embraces all and that want the best for America. Leave the Republican party to people like Palin and George W who have soon to be extinct ideas about America and Americans."

    - Wow Lori, what a rediculously incorrect stereotype of a political party. I grew up in a strong-democrat neighborhood and I heard PLENTY of arrogant racist and sexist degrading remarks. Republicans are insecure, old white men huh? Have you looked at half the democrats you've elected into public office?? How about Senator Byrd's former allegiance to the KKK, Elliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal, Joe Biden's comments about Barack in the primaries, Ed Rendell's comments about Janet Napolitano... and yet republicans are outdated? Up until the 1960's, the Democrats OWNED racist, southern America. Why do you think MLK was a registered Republican! Wake up liberal blogosphere, there's no monopoly on stereotyping in today's politics.

    December 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Roy , Cambridge MA

    Presidential run rule #1: deny you are running until you run...
    Remember Hillary doing the same ?

    It is ABSOLUTELY POINTLESS to speculate who is going to run. The political landscape in four years will look NOTHING like it does now.

    December 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Bobby Baby needs to re-register as a Democrat.

    He is really out of place as a Republican.

    December 10, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Maggie SC

    I would be happy to support Jindal. He seems like a good candidate for 2012

    December 10, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. cj

    He is a bright, articulate and astute politician. Of course he will say he is not interested. If McCain had picked him as VP, the race would have been much closer. He is the anti- Sarah Palin. He is smart, experienced and has a worldly perspective. I don't agree with him on the issues, but I do respect his quality as a politician.

    December 10, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. the palin factor

    Peace.

    December 10, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Good. I have strong religious beliefs, but don't want to see a President who wants creationism taught in public schools. Religion and politics don't mix. When are we going to learn?

    December 10, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Love Huckabee

    I'm a FORMER republican turned independant, and if repubs thinks that Palin and Jihdal are the answer, they need help.

    Thank God I threw Bush and Cheney under the bus for compentence named Obama!

    Obama 08!

    December 10, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Perusing-Through

    NO SURPRISE HE WON'T RUN FOR POTUS IN 2012!!

    Governor Bobby Jindal knows what a circus the Republican Party rat-race will be in 2012. Between Palin, Huckabee, and possibly Bay Buchanan, it will be just more of the same campaigning by hypocritical evangelicals Republicans. When are the idiotic Joe-The-Plumber types going to realize the biggest concern the Republican Politicians have is:

    (1.) Big tax cuts for the rich,
    (2.) Big corporate welfare for the rich,
    (3.) Big legal rulings for the rich,
    (4.) Big "no-bid" contracts for the rich,
    (5.) And new campaign strategies to convince stupid, small-minded Joe Six-Pack types that East & West Coast politicians want to take their guns and bibles.

    December 10, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. case

    He will explore in 2014 for 2016, He realized that making himself a target now was unwise.

    December 10, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. Mayans 2012

    Just goes to prove,money can buy anybody.

    December 10, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. lee

    I like Jindal, but the Republican party is way to racist for him to make it through the primaries.

    December 10, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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