February 11th, 2009
01:22 PM ET
9 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. Jean

    Why do you keep closing the Obama bashing comments?

    1438 days Bye, bye, GONE.

    February 11, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |


    February 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Jim

    POTUS OBAMA February 11th, 2009 1:35 pm ETBobby 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.
    I am not sure about that but Chicago has the highest murder rate in the US! Isn't Obama from Chicago?

    February 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. suresh

    Jindal changed his name and religion (from Hinduism to Catholic) just to get into office as he knew that in South he has no chance to get elected if he is not a christian. Such person will do anything for political gains. He is duly qualified person but will not be able to be his own man in the Republican party. He must tow the party line or he will be out. Look what they are doing to the 3 Republicans who are voting for the stimulus package. They have been threatened that they will be defeated in the primaries unless they vote against this package. Isn't that like a mafia thinking?

    February 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Putin still invading Alaskan airspace between Palin's ears

    The Repulsican party can put on any face – (We're seein' that Steele thing work out so well, aren't we? Ya right!) – that they want but until they change their core principles (corrupt) and message (dusty, old and out-of-touch) they'll be lost in the woods for many elections to come.

    February 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Kyle

    Look up the name David Duke, Ray Ray. Tell me what party he is a part of. Thanks for playing though.

    February 11, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Marcelo

    Are they even aware of how racist this makes the GOP look?

    Im sure governor Jindal is well qualified, but the only reason the GOP is pushing him is cause he fits the "color" candidate image they are now going for.

    They fail to see President Obama was not eleceted because of the color of his skin, but rather his character and msg.

    They seem to think Obama is a gimmicky product with a succesful formula, part of that formula being the color of his skin, now they are trying to replicate what they see is the key ingredient in that formula, RACE...sad really..

    February 11, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. ray

    i really wonder what rush limbaugh the drug head is saying about an indian american governer? hahaha rush maybe you should take some med.

    February 11, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Petrosino said it all

    Vincent Petrosino, thank you for articulating what most of us feel!

    February 11, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Jackie in Dallas

    Ray Ray,
    I'm constantly amazed at your interesting spin on reality. Yes, President Obama reversed the decision to drill in ANWR, a move that he made in the last couple of months in his term. A move that was denounced by Democrats and Republicans alike in the areas it would affect, and was strongly denounced by wildlife conservationists and people who are trying to prevent private companies from profiting from public lands being held in trust for our children.

    Oh, by the way, my answers to your other questions:

    No, I wouldn't be happy if President Obama nominated tax cheats. On the other hand, since all of the ones nominated who had difficulties had already resolved their issues with the IRS before taking office, or bowed out even after resolving their issues, I can't really see a problem. I wonder if an audit of YOUR taxes would indicate that you were a "tax cheat?" The rough IRS estimate is that at least 80% of Americans make mistakes on their taxes. It's marginally better than having the VP of the nation hand out no-bid contracts to the company he used to work for.

    Don't even bring up lobbyists. The entire Republican Party, practically ARE lobbyists, and the previous administration was run by lobbyists. McCains's entire election committee were lobbyists. I sense fake indignation here.

    Ah, the pork-filled stimulus package that the GOPs got so incensed about...where less than 7% of the money were projects that they questioned - and which included money for education and NASA, both areas where critically needed professional jobs could be created. I guess you've forgotten about Ted Stevens multibillion dollar bridge to Wasilla?

    Actually, I'm thrilled President Obama is closing GITMO. The people there have been denied due process of law, a founding principle of this country, and have been tortured and caged. As for his first interview with an Arab reporter/news agency, yes, I'm glad. Islam now accounts for 1 in 4 people in the WORLD, bozo, and Arab countries control a fair sized amount of the oil we need until we can go greener. Cowboy Bush ruined relationships that it took 30 years to build with the moderate Arab countries that we are dependent upon. It was a good gesture to try and reopen communications with them.

    You know, the dumbest question you asked was about the birth control/abortion issue. When you consider that abortion is a hot button for Americans you may be right, but to deny third-world countries birth control and the OPTION of abortion when 1/3rd of the pregnancies in Africa are due to rape, you really are pretty stupid.

    February 11, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. demwit

    800B spendulous package
    350B bank giveaway
    500B budget deficit
    600,000 lost jobs
    7800 DOW
    Our children, America's lost generation

    What ever will he talk about??

    February 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. New Yorker

    To Vincent Petrocino – "good ole boys network?" Yeah, like what Obama comes from: Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Kennedy, Spitzer, Blago, etc. Don't stir up the dregs if you don't want to drink from the bottle.

    February 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. TCM

    you liberals are so blind...yet will be the first ones with your hands out for a freebie....

    Jindal's actually done something...unlike Obama.... and has leadership ability....unlike Obama...

    What's truly funny...is whenever anyone that has intelligence...breaks the news....and is a threat to your beloved Messiah.....you trash talk them....typical liberal response. The fact is, both sides of the aisle are trashing the stim pkg...which is a good example of the lackluster leader you've put in place......

    You've no one to blame but yourselves, Pelosi, the dem congress that caused the financial meltdown the past two years, and Obama.....
    Republicans did not cause the problems the country's now facing. Blame Bush all you want...but, the truth hurts...and that's why liberals would rather cover it up, and hide behind "hope and change," instead of take responsibility for their actions.

    February 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. beth

    Yeah for Bobby.....with his credentials, Palin the Pathetic will be GONE!!!

    February 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Kimberly

    I am not a GOP supporter, and never have been, but I have to say its nice to see young, non white people getting ahead in that party. The GOP pandered with palin, she was unqualified, and unfit to run this country in any capasity, but I think if Mccain would have picked this guy he would have come closer to winning, and I would not have been scared to death that if he won that nut palin would have been in charge. You see GOP its OK to allow people with brains and education in your party, they cantjust need to be anti abortion and gay marriage to be considered VP material. I hope this guy goes far in the GOP, its refreshing to not see some old white guy that graduated college in 1940 running the opposition

    February 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Rob

    Amazing how the libs are the only ones to bring up race. They're the real racists, because according to the posts here, you can't be black if you're not a Democrat.

    You all are pathetic

    February 11, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. TCM

    @ JACKIE –

    Jackie February 11th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

    Proud American, I think it would be Palin/Plumber!!!hahahaha

    What's really funny...is they're both more qualified, and competent than Obama! hahahaha

    February 11, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. New Yorker

    AnnMM -"didn't elect Obama because he's black?" Go ask the black community if that is a true statement.

    February 11, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Me here in AZ

    I cant WAIT to call this man a Muslim whos parents are terrorist! That is what you nuts on the right deserve!! Atleast this time its more probable.

    February 11, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. obama-mama

    Anonymous February 11th, 2009 2:03 pm ET

    Unlike the Dems the Republicans choose their leaders based on ability and not Race. It appears that Dems have a lot of hang ups against white men, southerners and christians. It is easy to be bigiots eh?


    Yeah right.....You can't be serious...Is that why McCain chose Sarah Palin? And why did they choose Michael Steele? And now Jindal? Open your eyes

    February 11, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Juan from L.A

    This guy is good. I hope the GOP sees the light and nominates this guy instead of the trainwreck of Palin in 2012. As of right now I voted for Obama in November but he has pissed me off. Specially with his pick of that goon of Geithner.

    February 11, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. TM in CO

    Don't you people think it is time for both Democrats and Republicans to stop bashing and start working together. My gosh, we are all Americans. Some of these comments I read make those of them posting them that we are at Civil War. Let's stop the dividing that is going on a work together to find solutions to save this country so that are children and grandchildren aren't stuck with the mess we all created. Wasn't just the Repubs and it wasn't just the Dems.

    February 11, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Alicia

    My grandmother had an expression for what the Repugs are now doing she called it "crapping and stepping in it". Naturally I cleaned it up for public viewing, but you get the drift cause it stinks.

    February 11, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. ginger

    This is just so stupid to say, "Obama can't think for himself"

    So please, explain how he graduated from Columbia and Harvard?

    February 11, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Noah


    February 11, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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