February 11th, 2009
01:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Jindal tapped to give high-profile GOP response to Obama

Bobby Jindal a former congressman and first term governor, was widely believed to be on then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain's shortlist for vice president.
Bobby Jindal a former congressman and first term governor, was widely believed to be on then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain's shortlist for vice president.

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to deliver the Republican response to Barack Obama's upcoming joint address to Congress - the high-profile slot the rival party often gives to one of its rising stars.

“Gov. Jindal embodies what I have long said: the Republican Party must not be simply the party of 'opposition,' but the party of better solutions," House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a Wednesday statement.

Jindal a former congressman and first term governor, was widely believed to be on then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain's shortlist for vice president, and often served as a campaign surrogate on the Arizona senator's behalf.

The 37-year-old son of Indian immigrants was also given a prime-time speaking slot at the GOP convention last September, though he ultimately decided not to attend the four-day event as Hurricane Gustav headed for landfall in his state.

An Ivy League grad, Rhodes Scholar, and the first non-white governor of Louisiana, Jindal has long been on the GOP's radar screen as a potential future leader and likely presidential candidate. And as the GOP is launching full-scale efforts to appeal to non-white voters, Jindal has become one of the party's most high-profile minorities.

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  1. Angie in Pa

    Has anyone Checked to see if Limbaugh Has od yet with Steele and now this is the Fat drug addict still alive?

    February 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Rico

    "nolapearl February 11th, 2009 1:40 pm ET

    It would be nice if Bobby Jindal returned to Louisiana and performed the work he was elected to do. Seems he likes to travel the US speaking to the citizens of other states, rather than those of his own."

    Sort of like the former Junior Senator from Illinois?

    February 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Piyush and Michael can't save the GOP

    Has Rush ok'd this move? The party's over Goopers.

    February 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    To Liberals are Retarded who said, "...and, voila! You get the vote of every uneducated loser looking for a free handout." Um, Pres. Obama got the votes of a lot more people than just uneducated losers. In fact, his supporters were, by and large, more educated than those who voted for McCain. In general (look at the universities), educated people vote Democrat. Sure, some uneducated people vote Democrat, too, but a majority of those educated electors pull the lever for the Democratic Party.

    As far as Jindal goes, what happened to the GOP's precious Palin? Jindal is Palin lite. He is a theocrat who believes all Americans should accept his version of Christianity and morality. No thanks.

    February 11, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Jindah has stopped the crime rate in Louisiana and fixed all the other housing problems Louisiana suffers, so now he can fix the WORLD. Great going GOP and Jindah should be slapping your faces for all the deaths and aftermath of Katrina instead of kissing your you know what.

    February 11, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Eyckie

    Jindal is a Republican and he holds Republican values which aren't worth a whole lot right now. Their families values like wiping their feet on the backs of hard working Americans see today in the video by Eric Cantor. He is another token and a wannabe Obama just like Steele.

    February 11, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Sarty

    If he wants a career in politics, he better run as an independent or
    born- again democrat.
    As a repub? you are digging your grave early

    February 11, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    TOKEN

    February 11, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Super D

    to Mary February 11th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

    BALONEY WOMAN!

    THE REASON OBAMA GOT ELECTED IS A BUNCH OF NINCOMPOOPS WANTED TO MAKE "HISTORY" BY ELECTING OBAMA.

    HE HAS CLEARLY SHOWN THAT HE'S NOT UP TO THE JOB. AND FRANKLY, OBAMA CAN'T BE THAT SMART BECAUSE HE BELIEVES IN ALL THIS LIBERAL BULLCRAP. I GREW OUT OF THOSE NOTIONS WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER.

    GIMMIE A BREAK!!!

    February 11, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Vernon Wells

    I'm no fan of the GOP, but Bobby Jindal is a real breath of fresh air. He is very intelligent and well-spoken even though I may not agree with all of his positions. If the conservatives were smart they would follow Mr. Jindal's lead.

    February 11, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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