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. KLK

    Jindal's speech had no substance and was soooo BORING.

    February 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Mike, Iowa

    Besides all that what about all the money he got from the GOVERNMENT to fix up New Orleans....

    February 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. nadine

    stepping out and promising to rebuild a party is the way to go. the democrats, what do they have - oh yeah, stuttering sally if off teleprompter - i uh uh oh uh want to say uh oh uh...
    promising more of the same that is just repeated from past presidents that oh yeah DIDN"T WORK!!!! hmmm that is positive change now isn't it. having government invade our households, tell us what we want to eat for dinner, watch on tv, what time to go to bed, yeah, isn't that going to be a fun time. smaller government and people getting to decide how the government should work– wouldn't that make more sense, people who employ these congressmen and congresswomen to work for us - we telling them what we want, not them telling us what to do, which makes more sense???

    February 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. slickingdom in N.J.

    Forget it Bobby !! You and your GOP constituents can never regain trust
    from the American people. You all had your chance and BLEW IT
    big time. I watched your rebuttal to the Presidents speech and you
    typified what the GOP is all about. You are saying you won't accept the
    stimulus and New Orleans needs finished being rebuilt after Katrina.
    You should jump on the stimulus on like curry on rice !! Trying to
    compare yourself using your life story in parallel with President Obama's
    ain't gonna work. It sounded like you are trying to ramp up for the next
    Presidential election in 2012.

    February 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. frank

    go bobby, tax spend waste liberals just cant take it.

    February 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Willa

    Jindal has to adhere to the GOP playbook if he has any chance of running in 2012, hence his "refusal" to take the money. So transparently political ...and this is the best they can come up with? I guess, the GOP by any name is still the GOP. Pathetic, really.

    February 25, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Tony in MT

    Yeah, stick in fork in Bobby. He's done! That was dreadful!

    February 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    BTW six people got shot during Mardi Gra yesterday Governor Jindal. New Orleans is Iraq with cajun food. As the repubs said about Palin, he is the CEO of that state.

    February 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Baksheesh

    If Jindal is the GOP's best hope, get ready as the time in the wilderness maybe a generation.

    February 25, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Idealist

    Among other glaring errors in Jindal's speech – reference to a GOP Healthcare reform plan.... how could that be when he only mentioned people keeping their health insurance, or not losing it.

    Did Jindal forget that there are over 45 million Americans WITHOUT health insurance?!!!

    February 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Obamacrat

    Thank you for your speech last night Mr. Jindal. After feeling very excited and upbeat following Obama's speech I needed something to calm me down and put me to sleep.

    February 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. REG in AZ

    Last night George Will made a statement that I think I quote accurately as, ‘President Obama wants to take it from the successful and give it to the unsuccessful’. When Republicans use narrow views such as that to criticize, yet they actually blindly and stubbornly supported the arrogant irresponsibility of Bush-Cheney, and then they advocate that they offer hope for the average American with having a real desire for bipartisan cooperation, as Bobby Jindal stated, yet they just follow a strong and united obstructionist policy that literally only faults, blocks and attempts to sabotage everything, they really instill no confidence and rather only generate contempt. It seems they always try to justify returning to more of the same concentration on Special Interests and a select few where they gave only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge to the many and that is totally unacceptable. Republicans now simply depend on rhetoric to deceive instead of deeds to believe.

    February 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Ghost

    Yeah, and why should we listen to this guy again? Isn't his state high up the pole in unemployment and other undesirable statistics? How has his cutting taxes and what not worked for his state thus far?

    February 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. J S Ragman

    Is it true that this guy is a part time Exorcist? If so, that is pretty cool. He and S. Palin could run on the same ticket in 2012 and then we would have an Exorcist (Jindal) and one who has been through an exorcism (Palin). For those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, Ms. Palin went to a faith healer that supposedly releived her of her demons by putting his hands on her. Mr. Jindal (so the story goes) performed an exorcism on his wife before they were married. Hello folks! Meet the face of the new Republican Party.

    February 25, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Ryan, Denver

    Too early to run for president there Jindal. When your state has a two billion dollar budget shortfall and you go in front of the rest of the country lecturing us in your creepy 'Mr. Rogers' speaking style you only made yourself look like a clown. Go ahead turn down the stimulus money you are so against, watch the people of your state suffer all for your pathetic political grandstanding.

    February 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    BTW six people got shot during Mardi Gra yesterday Governor Jindal. New Orleans is Iraq with cajun food. As the repubs said about Palin, he is the CEO of that state.

    February 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Mat

    This guy sounded so bad, what is wrong with the GOP? I mean, I was sitting there last night laughing at what this guy was saying – something about a sherrif and ho ho ho something about jumping in boats – he made an emotional feel good story sound like something you'd hear on a kids cartoon show –

    This guy and Palin are the face of the Republicans? What a JOKE!

    February 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Lisa B - Florida

    Well Bobby, sir, after that little diddy last night....you can kiss running in 2012 good-bye. Looks like its back to Palin guys. Get the moose spray out.

    February 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

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    BTW six people got shot during Mardi Gra yesterday Governor Jindal. New Orleans is Iraq with cajun food. As the repubs said about Palin, he is the CEO of that state.

    February 25, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. me

    Let's see:
    "I'll quietly take 99%+ of the money I'm so intensely opposed to, but I will loudly reject the part about helping the people who lost their jobs because of my party. Nevermind the fact that unemployment benefits are the swiftest, most easily quantifiable means of measuring stimulus growth..."

    Jindal: You are in Louisiana. In case you haven't been there long enough, Louisiana ALWAYS needed the money! You dullard!
    You hypocritical, clown-face repug.

    P.S. He really is the best they have. LOL.

    February 25, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Change

    GOP = Goofs on Parade

    And, this guy is the BEST the GOP can do? He's the FUTURE of the GOP?

    Wing-nut.

    February 25, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Mike, Iowa

    The republicans stimulus bill was so much better right....

    February 25, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. KLK

    A star was NOT born. I bet Palin is so happy.

    February 25, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Terry B.

    Well Grumpy Old Party (In the words of Ronald Reagan) "THERE YOU GO AGAIN"!!!

    The GOP JUST DOESN'T GET IT!!! tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.... That is ALL you know how to say... oh that and "family values" Your slogans and talking points of yesteryear are history. You cut taxes and cut taxes under George W. Bush so let me ask you this...After millions of jobs lost and an economy in the tank, HOW IS IT WORKING OUT FOR YOU SO FAR???

    February 25, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Lynne

    How do you like being talked to like a second grader America? My gosh. Why do Republicans do that? We are not stupid!

    February 25, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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