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. vinny

    lefty bloggers...i know most of you don't work or pay taxes, but someday you may. thank obama for tripling our deficit and yes, you will have to pay.
    Read a history book. What happens when huge debts come?
    Inflation, high taxes and high interest rates. Yes, that will hurt you. Spit out the Obama kool aid and wake up to actually judge your leaders.

    February 25, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Geri

    I'm a democratic and I think both speeches were useless. Obama
    is trying to build every one up and when the bottom falls out we'll all still be in the same boat. We need to get some of the really old people out of the senate and house and bring in fresh faces that have new ideas. Obama wants to be the Reagan/Kennedy of this century. He's far from it. The press needs to quit idolizing him and print more of the things that are going on in "middle America". Jindal is a new one and people need to give him a break and let him learn. I'm tired of fellow democrats tearing the other parth apart. We are all Americans and should knock off all the nasty crap that is said.

    February 25, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Obama - Nothing Great So Far

    Obama hasn't done anything great since he took the office. Just look what has happen to stock market after he become president. He is a good speaker but good speeches can't improve our economy. Smart people know that Obama is no good thats why they are pulling their investment in America. Hope to see a better president after four years

    February 25, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Follow or Get out of the Way ...

    This man is no Barack Obama.

    The GOP is so insulting to intelligent people. Just because Jindal is brown, young and has an Ivy league education doesn't make him the heir apparent competitor for our President.

    The GOP couldn't name a woman for national office until Hillary rose up in the primary ... then they give us Ms. Pallin. Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.

    The GOP named a black chairman (Mike Steele) to the RNC almost 20 years AFTER Ron Brown headed the DNC and, not coincidentially months after the 1st black President of the United States was elected. Why weren't they able to do it before?

    At this point, if a gay man brought in Osama bin Laden, the GOP would make Log Cabin Republican it's next standard bearer.

    Is the GOP capable of an original thought?

    February 25, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Josh C.

    I think his speech was pretty bad, but it was pretty hard to go against Obama's speech with the crowd and all the cheering and look good. Really all the comments just seem to be hate speech against the GOP. Other than a bad speech I really don't know what Jindal did to make the left so mad, other than being a Republican.

    February 25, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. baffled

    I think we are all missing something. If we want to help American people, then why haven't we created a bailout for the American people? There are approximately 304,000,000 Americans living in this country. Instead of spending hundrends of billions of dollars on the businesses and businessmen who are already loaded, why not give everyone in America $1 million dollars or so to pay off their debt (exclude the wealthy). If this was done, the mortgage crisis wouldn't exist and people would still have their homes. People would be able to pay down their debt and spend money in the economy.

    February 25, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Linda in MS

    Being a former Louisiana resident, I watched his entire response with interest. All that I can say is that he is definitely going to run for the Presidency based on that response, which was actually composed before the President's address. He was definitely trying too hard, and the response itself was contrived and sappy.

    February 25, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. John cal

    W.O.W. Was this guy on drugs or what. Provided much material for saturday night live. My republican friends if this is the best you can do see ya in 2016. Perhaps by then you will have grown ups in your party.

    February 25, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. David

    And then fail flat on his face. If I was Jindal I'm looking for ever hand out the government has. His state is in the top 10 of the poorest so when you hear him, Sanford, and Barbour talking down the stimulus it make you wonder why. When there at the bottom economic ladder why would anybody listen to them.

    February 25, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    The Gulf Coast got over 120 billion dollars to rebuild. Jindal didn't give any of that back! And because the feds failed during Katrina, that's the reason we shouldn't have a federal stimulus? There is no high speed train planned between 'Vegas and Disneyland. Maybe between our 2nd largest city and the number one vacation destination. That's insulting. Yes, GOP, go with Palin/Jindal in 2012 and see where it gets you. Stupid is as stupid does.

    February 25, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. patriot

    Wow! 46 comments so far and I can only find one lame attempt to defend this spectacle! I guess even the usual gang of Repub idealogues who frequent these forums are hiding their heads in shame this morning!

    February 25, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Rod

    Typical Republican response.
    They drive our economy into a lake, then stand back and refuse to help when someone offers to get it out.
    I mean, really. He's derisive of a program designed to save lives and property by increasing the warning time before a volcanic eruption?!
    You think he feels the same about the money spent to study hurricanes for the same reason?
    What a two-faced hypocrit.
    I can see the '12 Republican ticket now... Palin & Jindal, derisively and hypocritically carping their way through the election process in an effort to bring it down to their level.
    Same old crap.

    February 25, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. JC

    Has Senator Shelby of Alabama asked to see this guy's birth certificate? How do we know he was really born in the USA? Old Shelby sure made a big deal of not knowing if President Obama was really the President. He sure needs to check this Jindal character out. I think I saw him pulling a rickshaw in Bombay.

    February 25, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Neel

    jindal made boehner sound intelligent... note to the GOP- time to step up your game. also, its sad when the GOP tries to use memories of Katrina to its advantage. we haven't forgotten whose blunder that was. nice try though.

    February 25, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. shucks

    Jindal's state has already recieved Billions of dollars from the American taxpayer for rebuilding after Katrina. His state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs after Katrina. When he says his states employment rate is dropping, it has nothing to do with him as Governor. The people of New Orleans are returning and improving the states unemployment picture. His state is still losing up to 400 manufacturing jobs monthly in areas not affected by Katrina. Acting now like he is refusing stimulus money at this time because he doesn't agree with it, is just posturing. There are still parishes in the Gulf Coast that are mudpits. Refusing the stimulus is like stealing from his own constituents that are footing part of the stimulus package. He is laughable. If this is the new Republican party they have a long way to go to gain any respect from the American people.

    February 25, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. kay

    So this is the best the republicans can offer? A ditz from Alaska and an akward talking head from Louisiana?

    Pitiful...just pitiful

    February 25, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Sick of Republicans

    Where is Jindal's birth certificate? Was he born in the US? Where is Alan Keyes when you need him. Jindal only became a Catholic when it became potilically incorrect to worship Budda. Is this the best Republicans have to offer..... NEXT!

    February 25, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Cathy

    Is he the very best the GOP can produce? The DEMs are sure to be there for another 100 years...

    He sounded like a story T E L L E R .

    He is no C O M P E T I T I O N.

    February 25, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. rena

    Yeah, this is what we call leadership. A man who can't even rebuild his own state. How can you help America when you can't help those in Louisiana. You will turn down the education money in the stimulus, how foolish. The schools in Louisiana are so torn down and deprived, how can this man say that it's about us? Jindal and the republican party need to get on a bus and take a ride to the land of no where and never return.

    This party has hurt this country tremendiously. Where were their complaining when they allowed Bush to spend trillions. Now, they want to admit their error after seeing the people are fed up with them. It's easy to complain now that you are not in control, but long as they were in control they did whatever Bush/Cheney wanted and never complained. McSame complaining about spending, but it was he who suspended his campaign to rush to Washington, to aide Bush with getting his party to agree on a spending bill that was going to cause us to crash and burn, if not approved. Well, we still crashed and burned. Now stupid McSame want to act like this bill is poison and he has all the economic answers, when it was he who stated he had no clue about economics. At least this bill has some substance in it for the people and not to only bail-out wall street and their cronies.

    Therefore, I believe many of them who are in congress and senate need to be asked to step down or thrown out of office. I am so sick of these people playing politics, while the American people are suffering. These parties are not thinking about us, while I believe that President Obama is the ONLY one who is sincere about America, yet some of us are still complaining about what he said he would do, what he hasn't done, and how he haven't kept his promise. Bottom line this man has tried to accomplish more in thirty days then our former President has in 8 years. But once again it only shows us where America stands, you rather see this President fail and spite your faces then to see him succeed and bring us back to a thriving nation. How sad is that?

    The republican base now want a 37 yr old fellow to become the leader of their party whose only been on the scene for a few years. Remind you of someone that this same party said, he is to naive and not experienced enough. (HYPOCRITES) They are only experienced enough when it comes to their party, that's why I say we need to get rid of both parties and let the people vote on how things should be done.

    I AM SICK OF POLITICS!!!! GOD BLESS MR. PRESIDENT BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT REALLY CARES.

    February 25, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Sharon, MN

    I've never heard Gov. Jidal speak until last night and by golly, he came off like a bad informercial. Almost as if he was trying to sell some shamwows. If this is the new face of the Republican party then I'm sorry to say, it doesn't look any better than before. There was no way Gov. Jidal could have made a rebuttal after Pres. Obama's speech.

    February 25, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Steph

    It must be so difficult to be a republican right now. Bobby, Sarah, and Rush, oh my!

    February 25, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. happy me

    jindal's a looser! i laughed at his so called response.... hahaha i know he cut healthcare for the poor in his state to fund his fiscal budget.... republicans are clueless!

    February 25, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Steph

    It must be so difficult to be a republican right now. Bobby, Sarah, and Rush, oh my!

    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Rush The Failure

    This was supposed to be the Launching Pad speech for his 2012. I'm sorry, the guy did not sound presidential. It was so boring. GOP, we need a new plan.

    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Steph

    It must be so difficult to be a republican right now. Bobby, Sarah, and Rush, oh my!

    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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