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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soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. AEJ - Miami

    Boy, if this is BEST the Repubs can offer, then the Opposition who is in the Minority right now is is BIG trouble. He sounded frail, weak and feeble.

    Definitely no match for BO!!!! Not that I think they were trying to find a match. He needs lots of training to take on this role.

    I think he forget how much money the Bush Administration spent in New orleans – It was approx. $117 Billion and most of it was unaccounted for. This was taxpayers money wasted. Another $1 Trillion wasted in recent past under Bush. Now what can this guy say for anyone with any credibility think of him and the Rebubs?

    February 25, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. JP

    Where were all of his solutions for the economy when Bush ran it into the ground? He and his pact of Republicans should keep their opinions to themselves if they really don't have any information or solutions that could help the problems that we have. The usual from another stupid Republican......

    February 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Do you think that crazy McCain lady who called Obama an Arab would vote for Bobby Jindal?

    February 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Brandy

    "I am a robot." Of course the republicans are going to have a negative response. But watching this guy as the possible head or bright star of the republican party is freaky.

    February 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Once you vote Black

    Last night it was time to pull them out and show them. Jindal was intimidated

    February 25, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. jonan

    jindal is not what we need, he is smart but needs to use his smartness in another way, the republican message of xenophoia and tax tax tax abortion ..... etc is boring!!!! ps remember bush! right lets move on dont look back ...

    February 25, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. jonan

    jindal is not what we need, he is smart but needs to use his smartness in another way, the republican message of xenophoia and tax tax tax abortion ..... etc is boring!!!! ps remember bush! right lets move on dont look back ...

    February 25, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. T

    He is a falling star. And the only reason why he does not want to take
    the money is because he will have NO CONTROL over the funds There will be accountable . President Obama will eat him for lunch. The speech seems like it was written before President Obama speech. Once again the GOP did not do their home work.

    February 25, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. jonan

    jindal is not what we need, he is smart but needs to use his smartness in another way, the republican message of xenophoia and tax tax tax abortion ..... etc is boring!!!! ps remember bush! right lets move on dont look back ...

    February 25, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. jonan

    jindal is not what we need, he is smart but needs to use his smartness in another way, the republican message of xenophoia and tax tax tax abortion ..... etc is boring!!!! ps remember bush! right lets move on dont look back ...

    February 25, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. juiceball

    One word: PATHETIC!!!

    February 25, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. george nganga

    The republican party looked into the future and they saw RADIO!

    February 25, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. TheTruthHurts

    I thought it sucked. But you have to admit, he was WAY better than Palin. If she did it, SNL would have had a field day. At least the GOP has picked a governor who has a brain worthy of national office. Jindal is clearly not ready for prime time, but Palin WILL NEVER be ready for prime time.

    February 25, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Something called Volcano Monitoring

    Seriously? He doesn't know what volcano monitoring is, or why it's important? Dear Governor Jindal, there is this thing called Google, and if you type a phrase into it, it will direct you to all the information you could ever want about that given subject. You should check it out before writing your next big speech. Or at least watch an hour or two of the Discovery Channel.

    February 25, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. KH

    If the President's speech was honest and inspirational, Governor Jindal's was condescending and ameteurish.

    Much to my surprise, I found myself feeling sorry for this guy. He had nothing to offer but the same old tune.

    February 25, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Karen in Florida

    Obama. A name that will be forever linked with fiscal irresponsibility and disaster. Herbert Hoover, you can now step down. We have found one better suited to wear the banner. God help us.

    February 25, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Nan

    I was very surprised at this poor delivery of a poorly written speech. I Thought he would do so much better. I closed my eyes and thought I was listening to Mr. Rogers. I would think by now the GOP would realize that the days of speaking to the country like we were children and just don't understand were over. If they wish to have a chance in 4 years they need to stop underestimating the American people.

    February 25, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. unit731

    i have lost respect for Jindal. i thought this guy was different.

    Jindal: " This stimulus is irresponsible"
    "I'm only going accept part of the stimulus"

    what he forgot to mention is that he's accepting 99% of the stimulus money he was sent..

    lol..the GOP is funny..

    February 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. brenda

    Obama 2.0 at 11:01

    Thanks for the jingle. That was very clever and had me chuckling out loud. Thanks again.

    February 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Viv, Utah

    He who laughs last, laughs longest

    February 25, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Judy

    He is stupid to let the Republicans set him up for failure. I know he want to be President or at least run against Obama, but he needs to do his home work before he stand in front of Americans. I didn't understand a thing he said and what was the purpose of what he was saying. This is sad and I hope the Republicans will do better.

    February 25, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Lynn

    Splurge: I am a huge supporter of President Obama but if he delivered such a self promoting, amatuerish speech of such importance, I would be all over him. Jindal proved he represents the same old "tax cuts" no policy or plan blather of all the Republicans "leaders" thus far.

    What you Republicans don't get is that the majority of people voted for Obama the leader, not Obama the black man.

    February 25, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Frank, KC

    Pathetic .... Obama is talking serious business and that guy talks about groceriy shopping when he was a kid ... ah, and tax cuts for the wealthy.

    February 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. wow

    Jindal should stay in Louisiana because i dont think that he knows what he was talking about. That area got 175Billion in federal aid and also, how on earth would officials allow people without the right documents drive boats to save people. I would not want a car driver without a license or insurance to come save me, neither would i jump in to a burning house without some training. Common sense for Jindal, might not be common at all

    February 25, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. al in memphis

    I thought it was a promo for the GOP party. It should have been a response to Obama's speech with new and fresh ideas. I guess when the shelf is empty, you go with what you got. Bad fluff, very bad fluff.

    February 25, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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