April 9th, 2010
04:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Jindal: I won't run for president

'I've got the job I want,' Gov. Jindal said Friday.
'I've got the job I want,' Gov. Jindal said Friday.

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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Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Louisiana
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jindal's got the job he wants because he'll never get the job of president not with all those hypocritical Republicans he hangs with, you think he's learned something.

    April 9, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Dutch

    Smart move Bobby. As you can clearly see, republicans don't like minorities in power. That Michael Steele fella is just a prop.

    April 9, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. bevans

    Very smart move. This guy is programmed, idiot supreme!

    April 9, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Peter

    Not President. Block captain of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

    But not President.

    April 9, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. newsie34

    Uh.. .no one could be elected president of the united states if they have taken part in exorcisms.... he's a total wing-nut freak!

    April 9, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. ALEXIS

    Since Pres. Obama got to power the mainstream media, fox news and the republicans think just anyone can run for president, what are you guys trying to say?.... Do you guys even remember the speech Gov. Jindal delivered after Pres. Obama last year? I rest my case.

    April 9, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. CF

    Good! As much as I would love an easy opponent for Obama to handily beat, I would much rather have *all* candidates be intelligent, honest, respectful of all Americans (not just those they align with politically and religiously) and up to the task.

    April 9, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Bob

    Ah, the CNN hate patrol is out in force. Someone can't make a simple statement without the fangs coming out in force. I feel sorry for liberals. It must be a horrible life filled with so much hatred towards your fellow man. Sad.

    April 9, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Ellie

    Of course he WON'T run for President. Jindal is no fool, he KNOWS he can't handle the pressure. Jindal should talk to Sarah Palin who goes around talking trash like she's an authority when we all know what a QUITTER she was.

    I've never met a QUITTER who wins and a WINNER who quits.

    April 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Expat American

    If Jindal did run, Palin would just accuse him of being a terrorist and not one of ‘us’ while her ‘CON'servative Christian supporters once again would teach their children that you need 'gloves to touch him'.

    Not the ideal building foundation for a victory are a return to the ‘Values’ of 2004.

    April 9, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Expat American

    If Jindal did run, Palin would just accuse him of being a terrorist and not one of ‘us’ while her ‘CONservative Christian supporters once again would teach their children that you need 'gloves to touch him'.

    Not the ideal building foundation for a victory and a return to the ‘Values’ of 2004.

    April 9, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Sissy

    Only the Republicans will let you climb as far as they want you to, they will even support you in certain offices as their TOKEN minority......but don't get to big for your Britchs or show that you are smarter than the average White Man Republican or they will put their HEELS on you and smash you down.......I bet all of you that before November, the Republicans will remove Steele from his office.......

    April 9, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    "Jindal: I won't run for president"

    Translation: I'm a young guy so rather than have my butt handed to be on a silver platter by team Obama I will bide my time and maybe once my party recovers from the current crowd of short-sighted idiots running it I will try later"

    Smart Move........We liberals would do well to remember that just because it is being run by idiots doe not mean the GOP is full of them. This guy Jindal could give us a run for our money if we don't bring our "a" game every time.

    April 9, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    If your "debut" speech was any indication of your mental prowess, you have made a very wise decision.

    April 9, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Independent

    I remember watching a show called Howdy Doody in the 1950's, that's who Jindal looks like. Howdy Doody was a puppet. If any of the above mentioned republicans run for President in 2012 what a dumbing down of America.

    April 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. carlos

    Bob....it is not hatred, we love to see the repulsives make fools of themselves, which most of the time they do.........

    April 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. bennie new york

    Jindal's probably spooked because he knows that almost all right-wing opposition to Obama has roots of some kind in racism. Being an Indian American, that doesn't bode well for Jindal, running for or being president. In time, however, he will find that being a Republican- and particularly hating gays and abortion- will make his race a miniscule matter. Racism still exists, but it's trumped by another evil- conservative fascism.

    April 9, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Steve

    Based on what I read here with these comments sounds like the liberals are lurking in the shadows to attack. They must not have a life all they do is bash bash bash. The worst part of it is that they accuse the consevatives of constantly attacking the left. The TV channels is filling up with left wing bashers, Oberman. Racheal, Mr Ed, Mathews, and others.
    Al lthey do is pick on one channel and that's Fox news. You'd would think that liberals are are perfect. What a bunch of loosers we have in this country. It's sad that the loosers are running this country.

    April 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Mickey, NY

    Well, that's one less creepy GOP'er the Democrats will have to defeat...

    April 9, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. The Unsub

    Sorry "Bobby" but if you did run the Right would crucify simply by saying your birth name of "Pyush" and implying that you were not a citizen and born in India......Real talk.........

    April 9, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Paul

    Ummm....Ellie, you do realize Obama quit his position to become president right? "I've never met a QUITTER who wins and a WINNER who quits." That's why his seat was sold.

    And as far as the rest of you who are saying the republicans wouldn't elect someone who wasn't white...ummm, how did Bobby Jindal become a govenor? And what party was he from? And what party put him in the national spotlight?

    I guess you guys are just dumb.

    April 9, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Ramses

    Jindal must be kidding. He has got my vote.

    April 9, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. vet in tx

    Bobby isn't as dumb as he looks, republicans can't tell the difference between an Indian and an Arab so they will be in the booth scratching their heads wondering if they really should vote for a "sand N-word" as they like to say amongst themselves. When will they learn that they have completely (except for 1%) of the brown vote.

    There is a sucker born every minute

    April 9, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Tony

    Jindal shouldn't make the same mistake that failure Barack Obama did. Make sure you're actually experienced before you take on one of the most important jobs on earth instead just being nothing but a progressive community organizer who exploits the poor for votes.

    April 9, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. lara

    Smart dude, it's not like he'd win anyway.

    April 9, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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