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. Alex

    he's being smart and waiting until the seat opens up in 2016 or the next time it opens in 2024. No matter what Obama does, it's very difficult to beat an incumbent president and Republicans will probably lose by a greater magin in 2012 than they did this year.

    December 10, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Notta Rightwinger

    Definitely a good idea – that exorcism he performed would definitely come back to haunt him on the campaign trail . . .

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

    So Bobby Jindal is an "Indian-American?" We concern ourselves greatly with political correctness while the whole world comes down around our ears. No wonder we're in trouble.
    Signed: An English American. (My ancestors came from England in the 1700s.)

    December 10, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. James, Ho. TX

    Yes Jindal, Run; You look like a real conservitive next to Karl Rove !

    December 10, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Honest American

    Smart Man, smart choice...u know that you have no choice to win anyhow...why be another looser...Bush spoiled the soup for you Republicans for at least the next 24 years.

    December 10, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Mike

    ok, go away!

    December 10, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Virginia is Blue

    He is a smart guy. Let Palin, Huckabee, Romney, and any X factor represent a leaderless, fractured GOP. 2016 is more realistic.

    The GOP has lost young people, latinos, and the map they could count on in the past.

    His stock will go even higher through serving his state and not his ambitions or a desparate GOP.

    December 10, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Carmen

    Geez...can we install Obama first?

    December 10, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Try as you might GOP, but you can't just throw out a brown person like Jindal or Michael Steele and expect him to win.

    Change your policies and attract more youth and ethnicity, and maybe we'll talk in 4 years.

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

    who cares?

    December 10, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He should be an example to us all by how he governs and how he behaves. I have not heard him speak so I can't really talk about how good he is. I'd like to see what he has done so that I can evaluate if he'd really be a good candidate.

    December 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Ellen

    He's obviously got more brains and common sense than that governor from up there next to Russia! Good to see a Repub politician, any politician for that matter, knowing his/her limitations and realistic experience level.

    December 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. ShawnT

    Smart guy. Protocol dictates that prosepctive candidates do not allude to their intentions for presidential candidacy at least until mid term elections...something that moron Sarah Palin never knew.

    December 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. gloomboom

    Good for you Bobby boy! Now there is a politician that I can believe in. He knows he needs many years experience before he can be an effective executive. Maybe run in 2016. Check out gloomboom.com

    December 10, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. bob in LA

    not today anyway. and can we please innaugarate the guy that just won BEFORE we pick candidates to replace him?

    December 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Brenden

    Wow..this is almost a worthwhile news story. President-Elect Obama hasn't even taken an oath of office and you are reporting that Jindal said "No", but then that he might change his mind. What a waste of internet space.

    December 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Ken in Dallas

    If Jindal wants to run, he's got a long time to make up his mind. Maybe on the heels of the worst Republican defeat in generations isn't the time he would pick to announce himself.

    December 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Ken

    Now here is a smart [R]at, for once; he's jumping ship before they can can add his name to the ones to blame for the sinking.

    December 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Ben

    I understand that the speculation and hype surrounding political races is fun and entertaining, but only to an extent. We've only been done with what has basically been a two-year campaign for a little over a month; can we take our attention off races that may not even happen, and report on more important political news (such as a corrupt governor)?

    December 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. rich

    They all do say they arent running until one day they make a grand announcement. Please. Have seen this playbook before.

    December 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Kyle C.

    Of course he said no. What kind of politician would say yes with 2 years until the primary season kicks off. That would just give his opponents that much more time to dig up what ever they could on him. I think that he will run regardless

    December 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Naraysh Simhan

    Man, the media can't just rest for a minute. How about looking at Obama's tasks at hand first, rather than already getting panties in a bunch over the 2012 election.

    December 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Bostonian

    ENOUGH! we just finished a two year long presidential race where we were provided with 24-hour coverage of every aspect of each candidates life as well as any minute change in opinion polls its more than premature (and frankly beyond annoying) to hear the media starting on speculation and "frontrunner" labeling for the 2012 election. give us a break -really.

    December 10, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Lin lin

    Am begining to respect Jindal as a smart guy!!!!

    December 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Sherri

    Oh my, big surprise. This is the token line they all give until it is time to actually throw their hat in the ring. He just got elected and Obama isn't even offically in the White House. Do reporters really expect him to say anything else?!

    December 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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