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. BB

    He's a lot smarter than the Wasilla Hillbilly. That's for sure.

    December 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Matt

    I love it.

    Q: "Are you interested in being president?"
    A: "No."

    A simple, definite, one-word answer. It cannot get more clear than that...and yet reporters can't stop themselves from pointing out that so clear an answer "did not rule out the possibility..."

    December 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Journalism is Dead in 2008

    Jindal might be a rising star, but he's hardly a frontrunner. You guys like to make this stuff up, don't you.

    December 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Peter

    Saying "no" to something 3-4 years down the road...Now, there's news for you.

    Then again, in the obsessive-compulsive nature of American elections, shouldn't the next campaign be starting right now? Otherwise, all of those talking head programs will be hurting for things to talk about – perhaps even going the way of the Edsel. Wouldn't that be refreshing!

    December 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Dave in Atlanta

    So I guess the republicans are stuck with Sarah Palin as their candidate then.

    Seriously though, if they can't get Jindal to run, they need to find someone like him. Someone who can actually find Egypt on a map. The republican party needs to quit celebrating ignorance with candidates like Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Bush.

    December 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Phil in KC

    If he's running for re-election in 2011, of course he's going to say no – for now. Then, as soon as he's won that, he can say that he's bowing to popular demand and throw his hat in the ring for president.
    Of course, the other thing to keep in mind is that he may way to rule it out until he sees how things are working out for Obama. If Obama is doing well and his popularity is high, he may decide that it would be too much to overcome and wait until 2016. I suspect most serious republican candidates will do that. You don't want to taint yourself with a failed run.

    December 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. jmc

    u need to get louisiana together before u considered running for another job. no one will beat obama in 2012. u might be better off if u try in 2016.

    December 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. SecondSage

    I'll believe it when I hear it at the end of 2011. The Media kills me talking about 2012 now.

    December 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Donald

    First of all, why doesn't he use his real name, Piyush Jindal? Obama used his, why not this guy. Second, he's no fool because the GOP doesn't have a hope or a prayer in 2012 because Obama, while navigating a rocky road, will nurse this country back to health.

    Also, let's be realistic, are white southerners going to vote for someone with the name Piyush Jindal and is he Muslim or Arab? LOL!!

    December 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. walleye

    I dont care where he was born. I want to see his birth certificate.

    December 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Everyone needs to calm down and take a deep breath.

    1. Obama isn't even sworn in yet: its a bit early to be writing his obituary!

    I sincerely wish the Republicans would put as much effort into working with the President for the good of the country as they do in in "getting elected." The past 8 years demonstrated that the GOP is not great at governing, or choosing qualified candidates.

    2. Before choosing Jindal, lets see what he is able to accomplish in New Orleans and the rest of his state. There are enough challenges there to keep several governors busy.

    3. As for keeping busy, there is certainly enough for every American to do without wasting time on who will run/win 4 years from now!

    December 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Jibin

    Of course Jindal would say no. But no means probably in politicalese.

    December 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Beth

    It's a waste of time to even talk about who is going to run in 2012. No matter what they say now they could and would easily change their mind. Just like Clinton said she wasn't interested in running for president when she won reelection to her senate seat. For the next year and a half or so, don't even waste your time asking.

    December 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. kevin

    Of course he's not interested in being President...that's why he was in Iowa last week, doing work for the citizens of Louisiana....in Iowa...Did I mention IOWA?

    December 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Brian

    Why is this guy a Republican???

    December 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Chris Kelishes

    This means nothing. He'll change his mind and run. Hillary said this years ago.

    December 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Yeah

    The Republicans need some young blood to bring the part back to the giant it once was.

    December 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Brian

    No one is going to want to run against Obama in 2012.

    I GUARANTEE IT!!!

    December 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Cathy Agu

    Jindal is smart but very ugly...

    December 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. TjayeInLA

    Liar liar, pants on fire!!!

    December 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Norton Webber

    He doesn't have to worry about it, Sarah will be in that seat. He or Michael Steele can drive the Senate.

    December 10, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    He'd be awesome! Everything I've read about him is just what the GOP needs – some fresh, young blood. The GOP truly needs to be about reform and Jindal is another Governor who has a proven track record along with Palin. These governors both also have high approval ratings. The pendulum will eventually swing.

    December 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. Adele

    That's what they all say.

    December 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Karen - Missouri

    Jindall is not the GOPs answer. I'd say they'd have better luck with Florida's Charlie Christ.

    December 10, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. errol phillip

    just maybe he is concerned that the idea of dual citizen would arise [american/indian] . after all i am pretty sure that his parents were not american citizens at the time of his birth. thus he was both indian and american. this would come up more frequently than not because of the new generation of first generation -americans. what a mess for the constitution.

    December 10, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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