March 24th, 2009
10:10 AM ET
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Jindal raises money for GOP

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the featured speaker tonight at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s March Dinner.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be the featured speaker tonight at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s March Dinner.

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."

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Fred the Moderate

    Bobby, why aren't you raising money to fix the ninth ward? raising money just to run for president while your state lacks in everything seems a little narrow in focus don't you think? Can you think? Is there a thought? Hello? Hello bobby?

    Nothing HUH? Well at least you'll be a good robot for them

    March 24, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Shucks

    Who would he be raising money for?

    March 24, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. preister

    It is simply shameful what this man, Gov.Jindal, does and is doing to Louisiana, what a self-centered-arrogant-pinkle! How much longer are the people in Louisiana putting up with this imbecile?

    Jindal-Rush or Rush-Jindal, no matter which way you wrap these two the worse will always be on top 😉 and waht a winning combination for the republican's! You go boys!

    March 24, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. James

    Bright young star indeed! Go Jindal! Go GOP! Momentum is starting to shift!!
    The latest polls!
    Overall, 56% of voters say they at least "somewhat approve" of the President's performance so far. Forty-three percent (43%) disapprove.

    March 24, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. vi cky

    Jindal need to pay attention to his state, for now atleast!

    March 24, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Deb

    Why doesn't Governor Jindal focus on the Katrina victims who are still living in FEMA trailers while there are over 70 million dollars waiting for houses to be built for the past three years. Also, what about the stimilus money he is rejecting while so many are unemployed. I certainly would not want that record as my President.

    March 24, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Willy G

    Gov. Jindal lost a lot of credability when he singled out volcano monitoring as being a wasteful use of taxpayers dollars.

    It shows that he doesn't think things through.

    How would he have felt if Gov. Palin had given the speech he so botched, and identified hurricane forecasting as a waste of precious taxpayer dollars?

    The Republicans need someone who is on top of things. Bobby Jindal is not that person.

    March 24, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. patrick

    Can you tell that this guy is running out of gas to go some more miles......

    Jindal, did you see the volcano erruption in Alaska. It errupted 5 times. That is why we had money to monitor the volcano.

    I am sure there people still in the trailers in new orleans. Jindal need to worry about those before he come before the nation!

    March 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Laverne

    @ Karen: You are exactly right! Bobby Jindal criticized money in the stimulus to monitor volcanos including the one in Alaska and not even a month later the people of Alaska is experiencing several eruptions. Bobby Jindal is likable enough, but I don't see a leader in him. He seems to be a republican pleaser. He is about as bland as rice cakes.

    March 24, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Carl Justus

    The republican is in very bad shape if they are relying on Jindal and Palin to bring them back.

    Both of them would have trouble bring back a loaf of bread from the store.

    March 24, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. robert west

    Remember, Jindal is promoting Intelligent Design in Louisiana. He and Ray Nagan are two negatives for that 'poor' state

    March 24, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Elisabeth

    He is not qualified to run the country if he cannot fix the problems of his own state. He needs to go to New Orleans and raise money instead of Washington.

    March 24, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Island girl

    Lilarose – you hit the mark. I too was wondering why a big Republican event would be planned around the same time the President will be on air at a very critical time in American history. Imagine, Jindal's wife, unlike her husband advocates concentrating on the current situation rather than the 2012 election!

    March 24, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Tulsa L

    Why doesn't Jindal take that money he turned down in the stimulus package and put it toward all those people still living in trailors since hurricane Katrina? Why doesn't he use the money to clean up the 9th ward and help get those people back into their homes? I'll tell you why, because he is looking at his run in 2012 and that he was against this stimulus money, like all the other GOP governers that are tuning it down.......but watch in about 6 months when this stimulus starts to show progress then they will all be for late, you Republicans have cut off your nose to spite your face........

    March 24, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |

    @Raj, you are so right, he hides behind an American first name "Bobby" when his true name is Paiush or something like that, unlike President Barrack Obama who didn't change his name this guy needs to concentrate on the ERUPTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN HIS STATE AND REBUILD AFTER KATRINA. If he has so much influence to raise money then raise it for his OWN STATE! The Jindal, Palins and other governors turning down stimulus money for unemployment are looking out for their POLITICAL CAREERS not their constituents. Glad I don't live in their States.

    March 24, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. shoegazer

    Featured speaker?!...After what I have witnessed from this guy,I would think enrollment in toastmasters would be more appropriate.

    March 24, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. mario

    After the debacle he made when he was asked to give his comments after Obuma spoke to congress, I just can't take this clown seriously, he sounded like Mr. Rogers.

    March 24, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Irishny

    Dont compare Jindal to Palin.

    Jindal is a hugely educated person,he was a Rhodes scholar picking up his masters in politcal science from Oxford.

    He was secretary of the Louisiana department of health at age 25/26! which he brought from bankrupcy and a deficit of 440 million to 200 million surplus in 3 years!!

    He was r unning the Louisiana college system when he was 28!!

    Congressman at 36,Govenor at 37.

    You simply cannot compare him to Palin.

    March 24, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Zak

    Perhaps Jindal should focus his energy towards raising funds to finish rebuilding New Orleans and helping the thousands displaced from there to return to their homes. Typical republican, he cares more about taxes than the wellbeing of the people of his state.

    March 24, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. James

    I think Governor Jindal is another mistake by the Republican party. (John McCain, Sara Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Anne Coulter, etc...) Governor Jindal is a poor choice – they the Republicans gain no credibility with me; actually to be frank, none of the new characters that the Republican party has picked fit the mold of a leader or President in my opinion. If this is all they have – well, guess what the majority in both houses of Congress will swell to a much larger size. People are disgusted with this "let us put a pretty face and swift talking kind person" in office. They want a leader who brings action to the table and not afraid to face his critics rather they be of his own party or the opposing party. That's what we have now and unfortunately for the Republicans they are on the losing side of that spectrum.

    March 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. La Citizen

    I live in Louisiana and he is not doing anything for us so I feel sorry for America if he is elected President. I am a RN here in Louisiana and have elderly patients concered because Jindal has made the decision to only help them with 5 prescriptions a month!!! What a joke!!

    March 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Vern

    This guy is busy raising money for the GOP, while is state is still not recovered from Katrina...people living in horrible conditions and crime is a way of life. This is a smart guy...NOT!!!

    March 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. IndependantForever

    "Gov. Jindal lost a lot of credibility when he singled out volcano monitoring as being a wasteful use of taxpayers dollars"

    Actually this gained credibility with conservatives. The expense may be a worthwhile idea, but it has nothing to do with an economic stimulus package.

    March 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Spencer/Newport News, VA

    Jindal is such a moron. By not accepting the stimulus money, when his state definitely needs it, that will cost him some political points.

    March 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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