WASHINGTON (CNN) - Right around the time that Barack Obama goes in front of reporters and cameras at the White House tonight, a man who may someday want to reside in the White House will also appear in front of cameras here in Washington.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the featured speaker tonight at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s March Dinner, which will be held at the National Building Museum. The first term governor and former congressman is considered a rising star in the GOP. His name came up quite often in the media last summer as Republican presidential candidate John McCain searched for a running mate, and last month Jindal gave the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s prime time address to a joint session of Congress. That response was panned by some political pundits.
Some political analysts speculate that Jindal may want to make a stab at the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, even though he’s up for re-election in 2011.
Jindal’s wife, Supriya, 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."