(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.
Although I believe that Governor Jindal would make and outstanding President of The United States and with the Governor of Alaska as his running mate there is no way they could loose, I hope he continues to be Governor of Louisiana. He has done a lot for this state already and can do so much more to help the people of Louisiana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"No" always means "Yes." That's the nature of politics.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Anyone remember that?
I guess this is good news to know, but really, who cares right now?
When are the Repubs going to get it that just because he's 'ethnic,' that doesn't mean that he's the next Obama? They need to change their platform, not just get a face of color.
2016 or 2020 will be his time. Maybe he'll be someones VP in 2012.
Hopefully he runs.He is the sort of young politician that the Republican party needs to get their party up and running again
Why do they have to headline this everytime Jindal says "No" he won't run for president. I think this like the 5th time in two months that they've head lined this. Old news is really exciting!
A Barack Obama type is rare in the politiics. He speaks to the hearts and minds of all Americans.
Republicans will attempt to manufacture their version of a good leader and they will fail. Republicans attempted to make Sarah Palin into something she isn't and we see how well that worked out for them.
Jindal you made the right decision.
DX in TX
Hmmm...first the Democrats had Hillary, so McCain tapped Palin. Now the GOP wants a dark skinned minority as their presidential candidate. Can you say "Follow the Leader" ?
That's what they all say at first. Later, oh, well, maybe I will.
I have nothing against Jindal personally, but, as a democrat, anyone who is anti-choice and pro-government interference in reproductive healthcare freaks me out!
Who invited him to be President anyway???
Works for me!
I'm not interested in having another southern evangelical neocon being POTUS either...
Of course he said no, DUH, he wont get re-elected in 2011 if he said he wants to run in 2012 for president. WHY IS THIS NEWS???? This so lame, did you think he would say YES??? GEEZ CNN...
Hopefully he does change his mind, he's what the republican party should be about, not McCain.
Liar liar pants on fire!!
one thing about a politician. tomorrow is another day and he'll flip-flop to what he really meant.
Didn't Obama say no back in 2004 when he represented a fresh-faced hope for the Democrats? I guess we can't really be sure about anything and Jindal may simply be unsure about whether he would be ready and whether the situation would be appropriate.
Barack '08, '12!!
WELL, AT LEAST THAT MAKES MORE SENSE THEN...... SARAH.......
AT LEAST THIS MAN HAS A BRAIN.....
There goes the Republican Party's hopes for another presidency until at least 2016.
Your headline on the homepage and on this page for this article are misleading. Intentional?
In the fifth paragraph, he said he could change his mind.
Better headline: "Jindal Eyes SecondTerm; White House Possible."
Seriously....The President-Elect hasn't even been sworn in yet, and you're publishing articles on the 2012 election. Please – get a life.
Rather have you than Sarah Palin or Hukabee.... at least you sound kinda normal!!! lmao
If he truly does not want it, then he's the man for the job.
This a non-news story. Bush is still the president and we're discussing Jindal? I don't plan on running in '12 either but you don't see me making a big to-do.