February 22nd, 2009
05:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Three Republicans won't rule out White House run

 Govs. Jindal, Pawlenty, and Sanford would not rule out running for president in 2012.
Govs. Jindal, Pawlenty, and Sanford would not rule out running for president in 2012.

(CNN) – In January of 2006, Illinois' junior senator definitively stated on NBC's Meet the Press that he was not interested in running for president.

On Sunday, three Republican governors and potential White House hopefuls were considerably more cautious in answering the same question Barack Obama did three years ago.

"What I'm saying is I'm running for re-election. I have no, no plans beyond that," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said on Meet the Press after facing repeated questions about his political future.

On Fox News Sunday, neither South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford or Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would definitively rule out running.

"Is it a plan? Absolutely not. Is it a likelihood? Absolutely not. But I've learned that you never say guaranteed on tomorrow when you don't know tomorrow," Sanford said.

Pawlenty, meanwhile, said he is currently deciding whether to run for reelection in 2010.

"I'm first thinking about running for reelection for governor in the state of Minnesota, and that's my focus. And if I do, you know, people would expect you to serve out that term," he said.

To be sure, all three answers were significantly less definitive than the answer then-Senator Obama gave in 2006.

"I will serve out my full six-year term," he said then. "My thinking has not changed."


Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Mark Sanford • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. Had It

    Don't think I would vote for any one of the three. OR Palin.

    Next.

    February 22, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. OBAMA2012

    Maybe Gov. Jindal has plans to perform exorcisim for the state of LA..drive out the demon of poverty and deficit. hey who knows...

    February 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. frank

    First of all it's an absurd question 30 days into a 4 year term. Secondly, it will likely be a sacrificial lamb (like Bob Dole was) who gets thrown up against the Obama goliath. Better question is, "How does 2012 look?"

    February 22, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Justin from New Haven, CT

    All three are rejects and will lose to Obama.

    February 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Marge

    Oh dear no wonder Sanford is running off at the mouth with crap.

    February 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Heh.

    February 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. chad in avery, ca.

    this is an easy one.
    ill vote just like any of them.
    NO!
    losers.

    February 22, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    So who and what changed his mind? The war? If it did then he was right to teach about self interest. But my guess is, he is still drunk from learning how gigantic the world's interests are. Including those invincible ones. Stick to the movies and vote Faith next time.

    February 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. TROY

    WHAT A SHAME THE 3 "GUBNORS" LETTING THEIR POLITICAL AMBITION GET IN THE WAY OF HELPING THEIR CONSTITUENTS BUT ON THE OTHER HAND THEY ARE REPUBLICAN THUGS WHAT WOULD ONE EXPECT.

    February 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Alicia

    Jindal = Sarah Palin in a man's body. Just a tad smarter.

    February 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Larry, Curly and Mo but no Palin?

    we need the Chairman of the GOP 'Shaft' – can you dig it – to weigh in on this

    How can there be a proper GOP circus with out Palin?

    February 22, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. JUSTICE

    THESE THREE REPUBLICANS ARE THE SAME HARD CORE RIGHT WINGED REPUBLICANS THAT HELPED GET THIS COUNTRY IN THIS MESS OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. IF ANY OF THEM GET IN OFFICE, IT WILL BE HUGH BENEFITS TO THE RICH AND CORPORATONS WILL MAIN STREET LEFT OF THE PICTURE AGAIN.

    REPUBLICANS = FREE MARKET= GREED = RECORD PROFITS FOR CORPORATIONS AND THE RICH!

    LETS NO GO BACKWARD ONCE OBAMA RECOVERS AMERICA FROM THIS MESS.

    February 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. alvino

    They can't run their own states. So, for a republican, that means they are ready to make a run against the governor of Alaska.

    February 22, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Seattle Sue

    The Three Blind Mice.

    February 22, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. voter

    three idoits without a plan. sure reject the bailout money considering that all three of the states these twists run have high unemployment rates. I like to see these morons explain this to the people in their states. great plan gop.

    February 22, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. change in America

    Vote Republican out the office

    February 22, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Kevin Summer

    Why hasn't anyone asked the President about why he is letting the oil companies slow production of gas so the prices rise? The gas companies have said they don't want the prices to go down. Yet they make Billions a quarter. The president said he would make them pay for thier greed. So why don't you ask?

    February 22, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Debra

    All are losers.

    February 22, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    Republicans will not win the 2012 election or 2016. The American people are very aware of the crap the Repubs are trying to pull. A party that wants to see the president fail and then denounce the packet that President Obama signed into law, is a perfect set up the the Dems to win the next (3) elections.

    February 22, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Keith

    If any of these three alleged "conservatives" were true to their word and philosopht they would make sure their state got ZERO dollars from the stimulus package. That, of course, would be a SLAP in the face of the citizens who live.

    When will the day come when these POLITICIANS stop "grandstanding" and take care of the people??????????

    February 22, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. S.M.R.

    I have one word for their attempt at president in 2012: CRUSHED!!!

    February 22, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Peter

    Sanford is a hypocrite, Pawlenty is a nut job...Jindal is a good man but I doubt I want him my president

    February 22, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Now they must gamble with the economy causing pains to the US and the world at large.

    February 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    I so hate to quote George W Bush but I can't resist;

    "BRING IT ON!"

    February 22, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. gl, Pittsburgh

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jinda, he can forget it. I think he just blow any change by not helping out his state! What a loser!

    February 22, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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