New Orleans (CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told a hometown crowd Friday that he will not make a bid for the White House.
"I am not running for president of the United States,"Jindal said at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. "I've got the job I want."
The three-day event is billed as the largest GOP gathering of party officials, operatives, activists and strategists prior to the 2012 Republican National Convention, when the party will formally nominate its candidate for president.
While the 2012 election may seem far in the future, early jockeying is already underway, and the conference is considered the first real cattle call for possible Republican White House hopefuls.
Seven other possible contenders for the White House are also speaking at the conference. They are former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who was a 2008 Republican presidential candidate; Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana; and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Jindal, who is considered a rising star in the GOP, is up for re-election in 2011, just as the battle for the Republican presidential nomination will be heating up with a series of debates and plenty of campaigning.
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