June 11th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
4 years ago

Jindal for president speculation renewed

A ‘Jindal for President’ on Louisiana’s coast.
A ‘Jindal for President’ on Louisiana’s coast.

(CNN) - He's said he has no plans to run for president in 2012, but Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's handling of the oil crisis off the Gulf Coast may have earned him a number of new supporters who hope he reconsiders.

On the Louisiana coast this week, CNN's John King even passed by a homemade "Jindal for President" sign – something that made the Louisiana Republican chuckle.

"I've got my hands full down here, we've got to protect our state; we've got plenty of work to do in Louisiana," Jindal told King Thursday.

The 39 year-old governor of Indian descent has long been considered a rising star in the Republican Party, though his star power took a bit of hit last year following a poorly received response to President Obama's State of the Union Address.

Speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April, Jindal – who faces reelection next year - said he will not be a candidate for president in 2012.

"I am not running for president of the United States," he said then. "I've got the job I want."


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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Jimmy Bob

    "... poorly received response to President Obama's State of the Union Address." That's putting it mildly. More like sophomoric or junior highish!

    June 11, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. maf

    That's because Jindal knows after his rebuttal speech to the President, he is simply lucky to have the job he has now. He, as most other high profile Republicans, one after another, are showing themselves to not have what it takes to be POTUS!

    If the Party of NO could just keep bringing on those Tea Party Candidates. . . this election could be over sooner than election day!!

    June 11, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Doesn't he want to continue deep oil digging?
    I don't think so and for so many other reasons!

    June 11, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Jake Knotts will not be happy about this! Have a nice day!

    June 11, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. PalmReader

    "I am not running for president of the United States," he said then. "I've got the job I want."
    ______________________________________

    Good. Because truth be told, BobbyBoy, I doubt your little GOP pandering temper tantrums during this entire Gulf spill has gone well nationally.

    June 11, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    What has Bobby Jindal done for Louisiana exactly? Has he called Sarah Palin yet to get advice on how to handle the spill yet? Why not? Has he held true to his beliefs and refused all that federal socialist money still?

    June 11, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Ancient Texan

    The Governor definitely shows more leadership ability than the president has exhibited so far. Demonizing the company that had an unfortunate accident happen and is on it own trying to correct the situation, is not leadership. Cursing the situation doesn't help very much either.

    June 11, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Willy Brown

    Would be better that what we got stuck with now!

    June 11, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Elizabeth

    What has he done. It's easy to go on tv and complain.

    June 11, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. whybs

    Jindal is a nice guy but he won't stand a chance, just a tad better than Palin! :)

    June 11, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Adalbert

    Stupid speculation.

    June 11, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Florida Joe

    GREAT First they give us the idiot Palin and now this clown.....bring 'em on

    June 11, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Pegasus

    Oh, please! If you think Jindal's grandstanding and showboating about the oil spill down in Louisiana qualifies him for president of the united states, then we are in serious trouble as a nation. What has he honestly done except complain about President Obama and his administration moving too slow or don't want to lift the moratorium on oil drilling? Jindal has not done a darn thing but talk out of both sides of his mouth. He made it very clear that he didn't want to accept the stimulus package but turned around and benefitted from it afterall. He also made it clear that he didn't want government interfering in his state's affairs but are now turning around and crying out for help because of the oil spill. But that's not all. The republicans are a bunch of hypocrites who can't see the forest for the trees. They are all for corporate greed because they have their hands out too. Democrats are no better, though.

    June 11, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    How amusing it has been to watch the GOP implode! Take back America? My God, this party of fools can't even find it's way out of a dark hole 3 feet under ground without first crying for the government to lead the way.

    Jindal for President? Pawlenty? Romney? Palin? Gingrich? Barbour?

    *REAL* Americans - no doubt about it!

    June 11, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    There's going to be a plethora of candidates vying to oppose Obama, because he will be easy to beat.

    June 11, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Mark

    Jindal will be way to busy in 2010 still dealing with the Gulf.

    June 11, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. El Gordo

    Personally, I don't believe that our democracy could survive another Conservative presidency. Reagan, Bush (the good one), and Bush (the other one) each doubled the national debt. The three of them combined added $8.5 trillion to the national debt.

    The Conservative economic strategy of borrowing from China to give to the rich only harms the middle and lower classes. Conservatives really don't care what happens to the middle and lower classes. We are simply not on their radar.

    June 11, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Get A Grip

    Well, one thing is for sure...there's no doubt Bobby Jindal could certainly do a better job than what we have now.

    June 11, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. interesting choice

    someone who has had to deal with repeated crisises, not altogether a terrible choice

    June 11, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Harry Baxter

    Seriously, now; are we on Candid Camera? We've finally reached the point where our educational system has deteriorated to the point where cheering for your favorite politician is equated to cheering for your favorite sports team. The consequences of picking the wrong one are much more serious, folks. Get a grip!

    June 11, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. JonDie

    Jindal for president? What a joke!

    June 11, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. wg

    You gotta be kidding!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. j

    he wouldn't get my vote.

    June 11, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. tfc

    What has he done but beat his chest and try to look angry? It's easy to criticize when you don't have real responsibility in this matter. Even some of his own experts have said that they don't know if what Jindal is proposing would work.

    June 11, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Perry

    Jindal has taken exceptional advantage of the catastrophe in the Gulf to boost his standing. He reminds me of Elmer Gantry.

    Maybe folks should consider the logic of asking for more drilling before we even know it is safe, and then asking for government money (from the what he has called a Socialist Government!) to clean up spills now and in the future.

    "Let us spill, and You clean it up!"

    June 11, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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