February 4th, 2010
10:53 AM ET
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Jindal to attend big GOP conference

Add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the growing roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders attending this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April.
Add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the growing roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders attending this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April.

Washington (CNN) - Add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the growing roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders attending this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April. Jindal won't have to travel far, as the conference is being held in New Orleans.

"SRLC will be a tremendous opportunity to highlight our state's incredible economic momentum," said Jindal in a statement released Thursday morning by the conference.

"Governor Jindal has been a tremendous leader for the state of Louisiana," said SRLC Director Charlie Davis. "His bold reforms and extraordinary vision have made him one of the GOP's rising stars."

SRLC is a major gathering of Republican officials and activists from 14 southern states. The event is held every two to four years and a presidential straw poll is usually conducted.

Other possible Republican White House hopefuls attending this year's conference are Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. felicia

    Wow, big whoop!

    February 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Beth

    Who cares where Jindal is going?

    February 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    Whoever the Republican candidate is, certainly it should be someone who already has management experience. Everyone should recognize after the last year how important that is in a Chief Executive. It will help insure that things will get done and that they will get done with predictable good results.

    February 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    The Republican strategy appears to be working quite well. As I've heard Thom Hartmann say many times that Democrats don't do good political theatre, but Repyublicans DO. Imagine over all these months that this is a plan to discredit Pres. Obama and just attack everything he does, says, etc. Imagine that so many carry the vestiges of anger, racism with a host of other attitudes. These many respond to the "Codes" (Thom Hartmann) being drummed into them from assorterd media, some at the rather loud Tea Parties, other rallying events and with Rush, of course. Now imagine all the collective results, more anger, threats, name-calling, etc.) and we see just how terribly manipulated we are from many directions.

    Now imagine this day and all the "candidates" beginning to come out of the woodwork to reap what this manipulation has sown. Imagine the demonization od President Obama and any who challenge any facet of this system's intent. Imagine 2 sides of the bi-polar coin – Repubs. and Dems and Voila, we see the complete and total 'game plan" being perpetrated (oh, sorry, enacted!) upon us all. Get it? The Plan is just as it is fully Intended by all parties! The fundamental most fact of them all? WAR KILLS AND THOSE WHO DO IT INTEND TO CONTINUE, no matter the stated reasons. Cause=Effect! Peace

    February 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. billy123

    Who cares another "NO" to everything from the GOP.

    February 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. katiec

    Jindal is another Bible thumping, hypocrit joke for the republican party. Until they get some well rounded, sincere, responsible politicians who have goals of helping us and our countries survival we cannot give any credibility, serious thought to the party of NOthing.
    As President Obama said, he reaches out a hand and all he gets
    in return is a fist.

    February 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Barbara

    I as an American voter must say this. The distrust I have for both politcal parties is growing. Although registered as a Republican:if the party
    does not choose a dynamic person for the elections in the next presidential race; they are absolutely killing themselves politically.
    I voted for McCain, because the opponent was a silver tongued
    man with no real experience and felt he was a universalist in thinking and had no way of thinking as a real American. My vote for McCain was not wholehearted and he represented the "same ole" status in Wash.

    Get out of your rut and get us a guy out front with some real credentials and some conads to work for the American people. Someone who is not likely to fall dead in office, and be a "real" standup man for the American people..

    February 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Raymond H. Burgoon-Clark

    Bobby "I read teleprompters like an 8th-grader" Jindal is about as exciting as week-old grits. You can fry 'em, you can put syrup on them, but they're still limp week-old leftover grits.

    People may be (rightly) frustrated with Obama (though the Republicanische Bund is the source of most of that frustration), but I don't see any of the mental-political-moral-intellectual midgets in the Republische Bund's stables having a snowball's chance in heck against him.

    Obama in 2012, Michelle in 2016!

    DEMOCRATIC, SOCIALIST, GAY, CHRISTIAN,
    AND PROUD OF IT!

    February 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. republicans hate america

    oh man I thought we were done hearing about this Muslim

    February 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Gary

    Isn't this the guy who was critical of the US Geologic Survey Office wanting to monitor volcanoes? Shortly after his short sighted remarks, Alaska had a 5+ magnitude earthquake. His state may not have vocanoes or earthquakes, but a lot of the rest of the country does. We need somebody who can see the world beyond the length of his own arm!

    February 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Total BS

    Where was this guy born ??

    February 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Who put the twit in twitter? Sarah!

    This guy looks and sounds like he should be hosting Sesame Street.

    February 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. harvey

    he's such a tremendous leader that there are still 400,000 vacant lots in New Orleans. He's a loser, just like the rest of the list of speakers.

    February 4, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    As a lifelong La. resident, ya'll can have him.

    February 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Minnesotan

    I love Jindal. He shoves his foot in his mouth and makes almost as many idiotic statements as Palin. 2010 is the year of GOP comedians, fer shure!

    February 4, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Danny

    Isn't putting Republican and Leadership in the same sentence an oxymoron?

    February 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. PJ

    Will Gov. Jindal run for President? I doubt it. If he does, however, he can sign me up to work on his campaign. I have had the opportunity to sit down with him several times during his political career and just have a good conversation about his beliefs and his vision. I beleive him to be an honest and sincere man who I trust to run our government. Who am I to sit down and talk to him? A political organizer? A CEO of a corporation? Another politician? No to all of the above. Just an average Joe.

    February 4, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Gotta love Booby Jingle...how's that attack on "volcano monitoring" looking now in light of Alaska and the Phillipines, eh jerky? What alwasy boggled me about it was the irony of the governnor of Louisiana, which suffered under Katrina and other hurricanes but enjoys the benefit of the "hurricane monitoring" that is done, would up and attack spending on monitoring deisgned to predict other types of natural disasters. I can't decide if it's more ironic or hypocritical. Meh...these guys will say ANYTHING to attack the Dems. Common sense and rational thought mean nothing to them.

    February 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Peggy - TX

    Despite the well orchestrated and well funded campaign to tear down our current President, President Obama remains a formable opponent to any of the losers vying for the republican nomination :Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

    Not one of these people can match the stature, credibility and intelligence of our sitting President. With the exception Newt, not one of them is capable of NOT looking like a complete fool in a debate with President Obama.

    I think the success of the Tea Party is a clear indication of an increasingly weak Republican Party.

    February 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Kate

    Are these the only choices the GOP has in 2012. I will be voting democrat.
    GET SARAH PALIN OUT OF THE RUNNING!!...she is not presidential material. She is a quitter.....

    February 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Kerzell

    Another GOPer who took the stimulus money and then denied it did his city any good. Another dreadful man

    February 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Mickey

    I see his Republican handlers finally let this stammering idiot out of his time out closet to attend the GOP's Meeting of the Mindless...

    Republicans/GOP = Domestic Terrorists

    February 4, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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