February 11th, 2009
01:22 PM ET
5 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. kaz

    I think its going to be Romney/Jindal 2012

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

    G.O.P>>>>>>GENERAL..OBSTRUSTIONIST..PIGS.

    February 11, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. TCM

    @Alicia –

    stupid is as stupid does, huh, Forrest?

    Both Steele and Jindal...have led, have experience, have what it takes to accomplish....your ignorant remarks are so typical of liberals...

    what's that? Obama's done something....organized a fried chicken dinner at Rev Wright's church? oops...my bad...I love fried chicken...

    February 11, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. obama-mama

    Don't be surprised if the republicans come back with a minority that speaks no English. That would be hilarious

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

    Jindal,l needs to give people homes in New Orleans. When are they going to get housing? Never!!

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

    Ray Ray did you go to school? You really should go back and learn this time.

    February 11, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Jen

    @ Anonymous February 11th, 2009 2:03 pm ET

    Democrats did not elect Obama because he is black. Democrats did not run Hillary in the primaries because she is a woman. Democrats ran those two people based off their ability.
    Republicans did not chose a woman until AFTER Hillary. Republicans did not chose a black man until AFTER Obama.
    The fact the Republicans followed the lead of the Democrats on both of these facts proves they can not come up with an original idea.

    February 11, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. July

    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.

    and while he 'wrote' that .. he was in tears for the good old days of when the GOP were for the white folks .... buuu buuu

    February 11, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    where's his birth certificate? hahaha

    February 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The GOP is full of hypocrites. They profess to have the Nation's best interest at heart, and even continue to fool many that their intentions are pure. They are actors, and if we look carefully at the facts, past and present, it becomes quite clear. They do not tolerate free thinking within their ranks. They are political junkies whose love for power transcends the need of the people. Such self-serving is not confined to the GOP, but it seems to be the culture that has brought us to where we are. Instead of approaching our mess with humility, knowing that it is of their creation, they are on their lofty perch, showing some muster, hoping that the people will fall for it. The tragedy is that they believe that they are fiscally conservative when the evidence says otherwise. They should be called "the dishonorable opposition". "Thanks but no thanks" for your tax cuts.

    February 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Sherry for Obama

    Jindal from Indian decent..........Must be a hindu or Muslim

    What must limbaugh be thinking of now.....

    February 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. jonathan Estrella

    The gall of republicans to criticize anything the current administration is doing to correct/contain this cluster&%$ is beyond the pale.
    They are the ones who drove this country into a ditch and now their only tactic is to obstruct,discredit and try to derail any solution.
    Cowards... How do these guys sleep at night. I mean really.. the product they re selling is crapola. They should all just get the hell out of the way and let us cleanup,sacrifice crawl and claw our way out of this systematic looting republicans have overseen for the last eight years. Mission accomplished allright. Remember the zombies on tv saying they were going to vote for Bush because he would be great to have a beer with..remember flipflops, lockbox . We have reaped what they have sown.

    February 11, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. TCM

    This just in from a REAL news station...

    This shows how slimy the dems and Obama are....their quest to shove the stim pkg through goes with total disregard for what the American people say, and only serves their need to create a welfare state of voters for their own agenda...wake up libs, this bill screws the entire country!

    "...Republicans have caught the Democrats in a midnight “stimulus” power play that seeks to cut Republican conferees out of the House-Senate negotiations to resolve a final version of the Obama “stimulus” package. Staff members from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) met last night to put together the “stimulus” conference report.

    They intend to attempt to shove this $1.3 trillion spending bill through in the dead of the night without Republican input so floor action can take place in both chambers on Thursday.

    February 11, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    J.P. @ 1:37 pm ET needs to stop listening to G. Gordon Liddy and Hal Turner.

    February 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Jim

    So to clarify Jindal is bad because he is really a white man??? Ok makes sense when you hear Richard Reich Obama’s economic advisor say “I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs [hopefully being created by government spending] not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers."

    I guess that modern day racists reside in the Dem party!

    February 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    @ Womack in FL

    :"The conservatives are the ones buying guns..."

    So? Inner city residents have been practicing shooting at people for decades. It's funny how you neocon morons think civil war is a viable answer to losing control over the country. Way to stick to those core principles of democracy America-hater.

    February 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. jonathan Estrella

    Hey ray ray why do you need people to say your name twice? I think that about sums up the opposition.

    February 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Jimmy D.

    "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."

    If that's why he's been picked, then that's all he'll ever be.

    February 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Eric M

    "Why would you like to darken your image, maybe, it wasn't bright anyway. Tax cut is for those that have job, we need job and get away with your useless policy – that is not true capitalism. No to socialism but we all surrender to a common government in exchange of protection for the weak."

    Here's a nugget for you to consider, Wally:

    If you don't have a job, what makes more sense?

    A) Give you a $500 check and extend unemployment benefits during this tough economic time.

    B) Offer tax credits for job creation, or otherwise help lower the cost of employment, so that it is easier for a company to afford to hire you.

    Obviously, the ideal would be to do all of the above...but we are paying for this program with deficit spending. We have to be fiscally responsible, so it's probably one or the other.

    With option A, you get a little relief now, and that is good. However, unemployment can't be extended indefinitely. Additionally, what good is that unemployment if there are no jobs to be had? Many companies are considering further job cuts....you have to save those jobs before they start thinking about creating jobs.

    With option B, you give companies an incentive to add jobs, and make it more financially viable to do so. Maybe you don't get the $500 check or extended unemployment...but if you get a job as a result, the rest doesn't matter.

    Also consider that employers have to match a portion of the payroll taxes. Lowering those taxes puts more cashinto the hands of consumers, as wel as reducing the cost of employment for each employee. This leads to more spending and investing, which generates business, and can lead to company growth and therefore job creation.

    Even if the companies use that tax cut to improve their bottom line, that means higher earnings. Higher earnings mean dividends for shareholders, and rising stock prices. This means investors see the value of their portfolio increase. Oh, I know, you don't like those big evil corporations and morally bankrupt Wall Street folks....but we're also talking about 401k programs held by working folks like you and me.

    February 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Curry powder on a pig

    Jindal is the next Sarah Palin: an unvetted, do-nothing governor from a minor state who's been tapped to spout the GOP's intellectually and morally bankrupt tax-cut mantras simply because he/she doesn't look like all the white guys in suits he/she represents.

    February 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. baby seals

    These guys like Jindal are nothing but masks on a monster at halloween.

    February 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Bill

    Marcelo, I hate to burst your bubble but I voted for Obama because of his color. Speaking of color, why did the democrats put up Carol Mosley Braun in the primary when she was the failed one term senator from Illinois who cheated on her taxes? I will give you a hint C-O-L-O-R. Now who is the racist party?

    February 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    And you wacko Republicans think Obama is Muslim and pals around with terrorists! Whats you're excuse for this guy?

    February 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. hillaryclinton4barackobama

    What ?

    Palin NOT available ???

    February 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Tesap:Savannah, GA

    Repubs... such obvious attempts to show that you accept minorities... it would be excellent if it wasn't so blatant!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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