February 25th, 2009
08:59 AM ET
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In GOP response, Jindal calls stimulus 'irresponsible'

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gives the GOP response to President Obama's address Tuesday.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gives the GOP response to President Obama's address Tuesday.

(CNN) - Tapped by the Republican party to deliver the GOP's response to President Barack Obama's congressional address Tuesday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took on the massive stimulus package and big government - and pledged that his party would regain the nation's trust.

Watch: Jindal responds to Obama

"In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government," Jindal said. "We oppose the national Democratic view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, to empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.

"In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear - our party got away from its principles. Tonight, on behalf of our leaders in Congress and my fellow Republican governors, I say this: Our party is determined to regain your trust," Jindal said.

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  1. jerrie

    Jindal is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    February 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. HelloooOOOOO

    well, you sure wont do it with the speech you gave ! what "is" this, the repubs got out of line, lost your trust, but, trust us anyways ??????
    NEVER AGAIN

    February 25, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Noah

    Kudos Bobby! Who cares if the communists, I mean analysts, at MSNBC don't care to hear you speak. Those of us who count, do!

    February 25, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Mumbia

    February 25, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. patriot

    His style was unnatural, bordering on goofy. And his message? Same old/same old. I was expecting much more after hearing so much about the guy from commentators of both stripes.

    This guy is the Republicans' best hope? Please!! He's just a polished, polite Palin! Thanks but no thanks!

    February 25, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Kyle

    Jindal rubber-stamped Bush and his fellow Republicans for years. Now he's coming out and condemning? Hypocrite!

    February 25, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. gg

    WHERE,S HE BEEN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS IN A CAVE

    February 25, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Angie in Pa

    Is it Me or Did Jindal Speak to us Like we were Five year Olds That was no Speech that was a Commerical If thats the New rising star for the Republicans they are in Trouble!

    February 25, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Holly

    Rising Star?....Wishful thinking.

    February 25, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. mark l holland

    If he keeps talking we may get a democratic governor next election. It may raise the IQ of the state by a few points.

    February 25, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Ed From Wisconsin

    Jindal speech was a joke, just like the party he represents. If he is supposed to be the future of the Republican Party they are doomed. Jindal is a boring speaker and quite frankly, I fell a sleep watching him talk. What was he talking about anyway?

    February 25, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Cynthia - Arkansas

    He sounded like an idiot! I didn't think he was EVER going to stop talking. He was suppose to respond to President Obama's speech. He made it all about HIMSELF. Good job GOP.

    February 25, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. MARK

    Bobby Jindal bombed. Poor boy don't know it but he's being "used" by the Republican Party....they like the color of his skin all of a sudden.

    February 25, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Steph

    Just how much federal money exactly did Louisiana get to rebuild after Katrina? He may not need all the money now because he got his own "stimulus package" already. He failed to mention the substantial help his state has already received from Washington in his "we rebuilt this state on our own" speech last night.

    February 25, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. CA Loves Obama

    Please tell the Republicans to start generating their own ideas – the entire party is based on attacking the Democrats.

    By the way, it was Jindal's so-called "fiscally responsible" party that got us into this horrible mess. Someone needs to inform Bobby Jindal that it was his president that governed while all of this took place.

    We saw the brilliant (dripping with sarcasm) GOP ideas in the McCain-Lipstick Pitbulll ticket – what a joke. Their entire campaign was based on insulting Obama. Americans are sick and tired of this!!!!

    Losers.

    February 25, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Kia.

    Who needs terrorists when we have the GOP?

    February 25, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Film Professor

    Not ready for prime time Jindal!!

    What an awful, awkward "coming out party" for the GOP's "rising star".

    He totally just read from the TelePrompter, seemed completely insincere, and his opposition to Obama came off as forced and fake.

    One would think that if any state could use the Federal stimulus funds, it would be Louisiana (as well as my own Georgia, and states like South Carolina and Mississippi).

    Voters should remember this and vote these clowns out of office the next election cycle.

    February 25, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Don in MN

    Jindal needed to perform one of his college day exorcisms on his own speech… Because it was possessed by Mr. Rogers!

    February 25, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. July

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!

    One of the kids of 'Slumdog Millionaire' has been found. He escaped from the Disneyland trip and ended up in Louisiana.

    You can now return to your regular show .....

    the smurfs!

    February 25, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. misunderestimated

    Then don't take it Jindal.

    February 25, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Rob Johnson

    I'll say it again. Republicans, for the good of your country, unite behind Jindal in 2012 and get over your infatuation with Sarah Palin.

    I'll still be voting for Obama, but it would be great to have a choice between two intelligent adults for President.

    February 25, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "for something called 'volcano monitoring.' "

    That's right...spooky scary sciencey mumbo jumbo...everyone knows God is watching the volcanos for us and will give us ample warning when one is about to erupt because those of us who are so self-righteously pious will have the prescience to expect God's mighty retribution in response to the sins of our society.

    Hey Bobby, Phelps wants his bong back.

    February 25, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. GOP hates you and me

    IF this is the best they've got, they are in trouble.

    February 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Maggie from Virginia

    It was amateur night for the GOP.

    February 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. Dave

    Jindal is supposed to be the future of the Republican party? Based on his speech last night it looks like we have many more years of Democratic rule to look forward to.

    -Dave

    February 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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