February 25th, 2009
08:59 AM ET
5 years ago

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. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Palin might not be able to read a book like Jindal or write her own speach. But she sure has better delivery. The Repubs need to stop matchin the Democrats color for color but they need to start matching idea for idea. You do not need another minority to attack Barack on the issues.

    February 25, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. li in PA

    Seriously, from the comments here, if this country were a marriage, we'd be headed for divorce court. No amount of counseling can bring anyone together.

    February 25, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Bea

    DOesn't match the hype....

    February 25, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. TyWebb

    What a nice young man!

    February 25, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. zak666

    Keep doing what your Doing GOP!

    My 3d grade son can give a better Speech!

    February 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Louisiana

    Wow, this guy is a clown. I live in Louisana, and use to see this guy on the tv quite often until he lunched his campaign for pres in 2012. Now all he does is hop around the country raising money. Heck at this point he can careless about La. The GOP just still does not get it, we the people don't want another hyped up talking head (bush) for our country. We want a leader (Obama). Someone who understands the issues for ones self and doesn't have to wait for their handelers to tell them what to say and what to THINK (bush/Chaney). The GOP still think we are stupid, it is so obvious that they are trying to position this guy as the anti-Obama choice. Sadly they still think we elected Obama becuase of some underdog sympathy (minority, immigrate father etc). So they, parade Jindal around to tell his down and out story...man please. We elected the best person for the job PERIOD!!!

    February 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Pat - Overland Park, KS

    Where was he when Bush was blowing up the Federal Government to it's highest level ever and spending money like it was water.

    The GOP forgets that Obama is trying to fix a problem they created in the first place. Remember we had a surplus when Mr. Bush took office.

    And I bet Louisiana is still in line to get stimulus money. And I bet Gov. Jindal will take it.

    February 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Hase

    The STAR was NOT born last night. Pathetic.

    February 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. HoldenLitgo

    Back to the drawing board with your chisel and mallet, GOP.

    February 25, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Angie in Pa

    Palin,Steele,Jindal The Gop are getting More and More funnier ,Hey in these Troubled Times we do need A little Comedy Relif. Just look to the Republicans for a good Laugh oh I forgot Joe the Plumber hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    February 25, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. obama2012/4moreyears

    Jindal said those who lived through Katrina doubted the government's ability to help those in need. Who was president and who was in charge of everything during Katrina? He may be right that under Bush and his republican guard they were not responsive.

    February 25, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. CJin Cali

    What's irresponsible is for the Republicans to hold the rest of us hostage with partisan politics and few new ideas or willingness to compromise on how to fix the mess we're in as a nation.
    What's irresponsible is that they neither acknowledge or keep ignoring that for 6 of the last 8 years they controlled everything which put us in such a crisis that we have few options but to throw money at the problem and hope it helps. It is the republicans who ran up our current deficit long before the current Administration arose.

    Where were their concerns about deficits when they had control. The results of the last 8 years is clear that their approach does not work as its dragged all of us down to the cusp of oblivion. From lack of regulation to costly illegal wars to tax breaks that never really spurred any growth they so promised. Please they need to look up the definition of irresponsible in websters again and it'll point right back at them.

    February 25, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Thompson

    The same ole talking points... Everything he spoke against the GOP used to get us into this mess. Clean your own house before trying to clean someone elses.

    February 25, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Chad

    Governor, Your criticism is not backed by a plan of your own,it's easy to criticize but not have a plan to get the country out of the current condition we are in.

    February 25, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Kelly

    I am a life long Democrat but I wanted to watch Gov Jindal to see what he had to say and what ideas he had. Needless to say, I did not hear anything that made me think that the Republicans will offer any new ideas or work with this President to move this country forward.

    February 25, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Ted

    BJ's comments were brilliant and dead-on accurate.

    It was the Dem's that started the rebuttal process year's ago, and all of the blinded-by-the-light Obamaites on this forum can't stand a dose of their own medicine.

    Obama deserved his say, and it was more rah-rah than I expected, but that doesn't mean his plans make sense.

    Bobby Jindal's comments are exactly the direction the Republicans need to travel to take back a share of the control in Congress.

    Bring on 2010 and 2012, and let Bobby Jindal be one of the Republicans leading the way.

    February 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Dave in MD

    Was he serious? Sad days for the GOP who are TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH with the American people.

    February 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Indiana Voter

    Let me guess... all you people criticizing Jindal are democrats. What a surprise then that you didn't like what he said!

    It's funny how democrats spew such hatred towards Republicans and then expect them to get behind Obama, and support him.

    Texas Teacher is the worst hater on here and many are learning from it, as they are fast approaching that level of hatred too.

    February 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. proud army navy mom

    what' really pathetic is that so called democrat governors supporting republicans' failed agendaS.

    Governor (fake democrat) Bredsen of TN is turning down portions of the stimulus package relating to unemployment.

    This is a war on poor people. Please call Gov Bredson @ 16157412001. He thinks he can get away with it because his term ends and he can't be re-elected.
    pugs.

    February 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Arin

    Oh God!

    February 25, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Robert

    If New Orleans represents your hands-off approach, I want no part of it.

    February 25, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Anna

    It's going to take a long time before the GOP can regain our trust again.

    Who cares about Jindal anyway?

    February 25, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Nacho Cheese

    And with Jindal as the GOP's "front-runner," they continue their merciless pandering to the American public.

    Fortunately, we're much more intelligent than the GOP will ever give us credit for.

    February 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Sarie Paylin

    The Republicans have been so very concerned with spending for the past eight years!

    February 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. NW

    The Gov's entrance, delivery, and content were weak. The response may also spelled the end of his political career.

    February 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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