(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.
Well, there's always "Joe The Plumber".
Guess it depends on how well Obama does in his first term. Jindal is very ambitious, but not stupid...he will wait...patiently. He is not my cup of tea, so I would prefer he wait it out for a very long time.
He's a right-winger and the nation has clearly indicated centrist preferences as of the 2008 election. He's wise to avoid a losing run.
Can't we at least wait a couple of years before we start this up again?
Hope he changes his mind. Very impressive guy.
He can't answer to anyone's satisfaction. If he says yes, then he's a lame-duck governor. If he says no then, according to the AP, he did not rule out changing his mind. What kind of journalism is the AP trying to sell here?
Hope he changes his mind. This guy would do a great job.
He doesn't want to lose in 2012, and he's holding out for 2016.
Nobody is really interested now, at least before the new president takes office. In two years time, Bobby will be interested. Wait and see.
Why not embrace a new President in a non-partisan fashion so we can FIX our "little" problem rather than act like a "Democrat" "stole" an election and continue to try to find people to battle them preventing anyone from getting anything done??
I'd rather move in a direction (good or bad depending on viewpoint) than sit here pointing fingers and getting NOTHING done.
This guy will give Obama a run for his money! He has done some
really good things for Louisiana, turning losses into profit. Hmm...
outsourcing the presidency might acutally be good for the country
Seeing as this guy believes in demonic possession and the like, I'm glad he's staying away from the big races. We've got enough nuts in Washington already.
We just finished up elections last month (after an annoying 20+ months of campaigning, whining, finger pointing and lies) and already the Republicans are looking for a 'savior' to "transform the party's image?" How about the Republicans throw out their current image, as well as their failed policies (you know – the ones that started a false war and gave us the greatest economic disaster since the Depression), their crooked leaders, their sucking up to the religious right, their neo-con puppet masters and the stupid idea that they have any idea of how to run a country. Maybe then, they can re-invent themselves as something other than the party that protects big oil, big business, big execs, big lobbyists and ignores most Americans. Or maybe they should just go extinct, like they're trying to do to the Polar Bear. And if we have to choose between the two, I'd rather keep the Polar Bears....
If Jindal is any smart, he will not take his chance in 2012. He will wait for 2016 to enter the race for the POTUS. Wait and See.
There's a lot of time for the Gov to decide what he wants to do, he's smart not just like any other of his colleagues.
And by the way, he does have the potential to make a run, I have evidence. Even though he wasn't in the spotlight like Gov Palin or the Huckster, his soldiers do recognize who he is and what he is. He's no fluke...
I think he does have what it takes but the way the environment is for the GOP, he's playing it smart. I would put my money on him to be the front runner but that's of course if he does in fact consider it or thought about it.
I think Gov. Jindal represents the new face of the GOP. He would certainly make a great president.
Check out his position on abortion prior to encouraging Jindal run for presidency. He is 100% opposed to abortion so we are back to Sarah Palin's position.
Is there a journalism course that teachers reporters to ask questions with stupidly obvious answers? We just elected a new President with astronomical approval ratings, and he hasn't even taken office yet. How egomaniacal would Jindal have to be to openly say "Yeah, I'm going to take this guy down in four years." If he's half as smart as they say he is, he's going to lay low and wait to see if Obama does something stupid before 2012 (rather unlikely), or else he's going to bide his time until 2016 (much more likely). Meanwhile he's going to keep deflecting idiotic questions like this one.
My question is this: who cares? The 2008 election concluded just over a month ago and we're still 40 days from Obama taking the Presidential Oath of Office. Why are we even talking abou the 2012 general election so far in advance? There's a mid-term election in 2010 — can't we wait at least until then to worry about the next round of presidential primary candidates?
It's too bad he couldn't have been the VP pick this year...
Now, there's a gentleman among crazy republicans!
ever thats is what everyone says until they can get thier team of folks and a strategy together....guranteed 2012 he will be running for president with Mittens and huckobee will be with falin palin
It's still early...i am sure this will change...
This point in '04 Obama said he wasn't running in '08 either. Maybe we should leave all this speculation until at least early '10