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. Deb

    Who Cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. proud american

    I predict that in 2012, it will be either a Palin/Plumber ticket, a Palin/Jindal ticket, or a Jindal/Plumber ticket.

    Ahhh, the bright new stars of the GOP ;)

    February 11, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. POTUS OBAMA

    Bobby Jindal needs to bring down the murder rate in his state if expects me to take him seriously. Isn't New Orleans the murder capitol of the U.S.

    February 11, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Frost

    I don't believe anyone would listen to the GOP right now if they were handing out cash ( tax free cash)

    February 11, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Soccer Nana

    Bring it!

    February 11, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Ray Ray

    Mr Jindal – ask the American people:

    – Are you happy Obama has been appointing tax-cheats?

    – Are you happy Obama has appointed Lobbyists with conflicts of interest?

    – Are you happy Obama is pushing a Pork-bill designed to pay back his cronies?

    – Are you happy Obama is closing Gitmo and gave his first TV interview to Al Arabya TV?

    – Are you happy Obama removed the ban of tax-payer funding World Organizations that provide free abortions?

    – Are you happy Obama, along with democrats, refuse to allow any new drilling off US Shores or ANWR – which would create new jobs NOW and help reduce our dependency on foreign oil??

    February 11, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. J.P.

    Go ahead, sign this bill into law. All it will cost you is a second American Revolution.

    Americans will not sit idly by as a small band of domestic threats (see the oath of office for that reference) economically enslaves the next five generations of Americans. This will not pass muster.

    This period in our history is literally like the days before the first shot at Fort Sumpter. The question is, will the incumbents fire that first shot by signing this into law?

    February 11, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Tomas E

    A Party of Better Solutions? Come on, how much of the "you know what" do you expect us to swallow our here in main street?

    February 11, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Shirley in California

    Whatever...

    February 11, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Simmy

    Was he selected by Limbaugh and Drudge, or Steele? His star will rise and set right where he is. As for me and mine, he can kiss our collective..................

    February 11, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. nolapearl

    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.

    February 11, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. A Really Conservative Realist

    If you were to put this guy in a room with Obama, he would make a fool of our President. He has solved problems, he is a real thinker, he is a real conservative.

    February 11, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Paul

    how can the republicans talk about "fiscal responsibility" without with a straight face-what a farce-after running up a 10 Trilllion deficit and reqarding the corps and rich and now they HAVE IDEAS- YEAH RIGHT

    February 11, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. carlo

    Jindal is my governor and he's a complete loon. Talk about self-hatred? This guy changed his name from Krishna to Bobby and then converted from Islam to Catholicism. He is a calculated politician, and he doesn't give a crap about anyone but his rich friends. He pushed for ethics reform, only to be fined two weeks after he won for-guess what? -ethics violations!

    He put up a job page, saying that he didin't care what party you belonged to, he just wanted qualified people. Who does he hire? His best friend when he was a child, a guy with a GED, to be his Chief of Staff! Jindal can put a sock in it for all I care.

    February 11, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. kayla

    WHAT HAPPENED GOP'S? COULD NOT FIND A WHITE MAN TO DO YOUR DIRTY JOB?

    February 11, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Maria L. English

    What has he done about the reconstruction of New Orleans.

    February 11, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. pete

    Maybe he can play a tape of the meeting that administration officials had with lawmakers yesterday: "Administration officials were greeted with sarcasm and laughter Monday night when they briefed lawmakers and congressional staff on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's new financial-sector bailout project, according to people who were in the room."

    This circus is getting more entertaining by the minute. The very people who approved the tax cheat Geithner to head up the treasury because he was "the only man for the job" are now openly mocking the only man for the job.

    February 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Carl from Texas

    People of Louisiana:

    What is this man like in your state?

    Texans have seen him speak every now and then, and I have seen him on TV and heard him on radio.

    I think he's a breath of fresh air, and must team up with Ron Paul to have any hope of saving the party that freed the slaves.

    February 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Lisa in Florida

    They really wanted Sarah "Caribou Barbie" Palin to do it, but she is not finished with her English grammar, speaking and composition remedial course yet at Wasilla Community College. Darn it anyway, you betcha, also....wink, wink!!

    February 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. pete

    POTUS OBAMA,

    No, the murder capital of the US is Washington DC, both figuratively and literally.

    February 11, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. terri sel

    It will be interesting to hear if he will be using the stimulus $'s to aid his state.

    February 11, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Leslie, GA

    Oh, so the GOPeeERs want a black face and a brown face to combat Obama.

    How many minorities does it take to answer a popular president?

    At the moment, two. Maybe they'll need three by next month.

    February 11, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Death of America by Obama

    I really like this man. Unlike obama, he is honest and doesn't have to fake intellegence.

    February 11, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Steph

    Is Jindal going to say his state doesn't want or need any of the stimulus money? Louisiana is doing just fine, right?!?!

    February 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Zach K

    Jindal's a good governor, and a bright face in the GOP Party, and this is coming from my liberal views.

    However, I really think he should NOT run for president in 2012. Jindal and Huckabee should watch from the sidelines on how destructive the Republicans can be, especially against those two bright stars.

    February 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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