March 23rd, 2009
01:33 PM ET
5 years ago

Jindal's wife brushes off 2012 talk

Supriya Jindal, the wife of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, is flattered by speculation that her husband could be the Republican Party's standard-bearer in 2012.
Supriya Jindal, the wife of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, is flattered by speculation that her husband could be the Republican Party's standard-bearer in 2012.

(CNN) – Supriya Jindal, the wife of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, is flattered by speculation that her husband could be the Republican Party's standard-bearer in 2012. But, she said, the party and the country need "to focus on solutions right now and not focus on who the next candidate's going to be."

In an interview with Meghan McCain on The Daily Beast, Jindal said her husband's focus "always has been and should stay" on Louisiana. She said he plans to seek re-election as governor in 2011, a timetable that would seemingly complicate any aspirations top run a national campaign for president the following year.

"So all this talk is just talk going around," she said of the presidential chatter. "You know, we will see what happens but he is focused on his re-election here in Louisiana and making a difference in our state."

She defended the governor's poorly-received rebuttal of the president's national address in February, suggesting that he got some bad advice in his speech prep.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinions and it's funny because everyone always tells him he speaks too fast and that night he tried to slow it down," she said. "And the criticism was that he talked too slow."

Jindal also recalled the tale of how the couple met in high school, explaining that she had no clue the future governor had a crush on her at the time. He was apparently a shy kid.

"He was a sophomore in high school and I was a freshman and I didn't really know him," she told McCain. "He tells me years later that he had a crush on me in high school. He would find out where my classes were and follow me. Hang out by my locker, that kind of stuff."

The two reconnected after college, and were engaged after just a month of dating.


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