June 11th, 2010
11:20 AM ET
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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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  1. Ark222

    Citizen? Where have you been?

    Bobby Jindal has been camping out on the coast doing everything in his power to get BP and Obama down to help, instead of sitting in their offices talking about it. He has requested several solutions including things as simple as sand barriers, but due to the ecological restrictions and fact that the Gulf of Mexico is controlled by the feds, he can't do anything without our lost and confused President's permission.

    This is the VERY reason we shouldn't have elected Obama. I'm to blame as well, I voted for him; but he is in NO WAY ready for this job.

    Lets be real: I live in Shreveport, and let me tell you: If Bobby Jindal was President, this would be fixed by now, and I'd be on some beach.

    June 11, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    If the country were left in the hands of regressives like "Ancient Texan" (whose name alone speaks volumes), there would be no country left, and probably no planet either.

    June 11, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Conservative Democrat

    Great handling of the oil spill. He complained that the Federal Government isn't doing enough. Some Republicans are totally dillusional. They have no clue as to what the American people want.

    June 11, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Michael from Ventura

    The thought of him running is laughable. The gop really has quite a line-up- of blow hards.

    June 11, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Some, even posters here, want us to forget about Bush-Cheney, to forget about the arrogance and irresponsibility of the Republican Party over the last nine and a half years. Their con is they want to ‘move on’. But it isn’t about continuing the blame it is about remembering who they are and what they will do again when given the chance. People’s history identifies them and while their words can just be subterfuge, their actions clearly show their intent. Bush was literally a ‘puppet’ for Special Interests and a select few who ‘pulled his strings’, with Cheney acting as liaison and the ‘puppeteer’. Bush-Cheney arrogantly and persistently placated and patronized those very few while giving the majority neglect, apathy and with ‘cocky’ boldness an abundance of deceptive rhetoric to rationalize and to manipulate. The costs were necessarily borne by the majority, especially the middle class, as evidenced by the constant growth in spread between the extremely wealthy and everyone else. That is what they want us to forget and what they want to return to.

    Take the Tea Party Movement who, while with possibly good causes, is being perverted and used to manipulate public opinion and deceptively to support returning to ‘more of the same’. They use the scare tactics and appeals to self interests to effect an emotional outcry that looses rational and objective sight of the hidden objective to return Republicans to power. It should be remembered that Obama didn’t cause any of the problems, that the Republicans have no answers, are only faulting and obstructive all efforts and that there are real problems that need solutions which when returning to ‘more of the same’ it would only drastically add to the problems.

    Look at Sarah Palin, who is strongly supported and being groomed by the same element that backed and benefited from the Bush rise to power. While she is cuter and is even less qualified, their personalities are the same. She is just as arrogant, just as selfishly motivated, as grossly dishonest, as bold and cocky without even any hint of a conscience, and again a sociopath who, when they appease her ego and insatiable financial appetite, will again do their bidding without any guilt or hesitation. Those subtly behind all of this have demonstrated that they just don’t care about the country, only about their power and financial gain.

    Should the people not see these things and instead are manipulated by emotional appeals to their biases, prejudices and self-interests this country could again be thrown into the catastrophe of ‘more of the same’. It really isn’t about the responsibility to give opportunity to the needy or about the responsibility of addressing our decaying infrastructure, abused environment, other greatly neglected and falsely minimized needs but rather it is importantly about not being duped into supporting a very few, extremely wealthy, powerful and influential few, wanting more, and more, and more.

    June 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. joethegolfer

    Barack Huessein Obama is an activist frontman (not a President) for the America-hating George Soros, all unions, the abortion racketeers, CAIR, the Palestinians, (Helen Thomas just expressed Obama's views). He is trying to destroy America financially, creating a new world oder, the fantasy of liberals and progressives.

    June 11, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Aaron TX

    Bad idea. Bobby Jindal will confuse the average Republican voter. They'll be attacking their own candidate by claiming his birth certificate is forged and that he is actually and illegal immigrant terrorist Muslim from Mexico sent to tax Americans to death with socialist ideas.

    Glenn Beck's head might explode. So, maybe this is a good thing after all.

    June 11, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes maybe Jingle can tell us another corny State of Union Obama-hater anti-government speech....errr...well maybe McConnell next time....errr..
    well the Neo-Confederate Klan history month thing didn't go so well either.

    June 11, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Reese

    I have to respect that he doesn't need to be President to make changes, congratulations LA for electing such a great leader. He's young and still getting his feet wet, In 8 -12 more years he will be ready to take on the Presidency. I think we all learned a lesson electing a candidate with little to no experience already, hopefully we can correct that in 2012.

    June 11, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Like Guilliani, this man will get a bump for doing nothing but talking.
    Having read the news reports of the number of Louisiana fishermen that do not file tax returns in his state and knowing he has done nothing to go after these tax evaders, even on a state level, tells me he,like other Republicans, think taxes are not a necessary part of running a country or a state.
    As he complains about lack of federal response, comes up with silly clean up means that will be useless until the leak is gapped, he has yet to say that these efforts would be aided by income to our tax base from these deadbeat fishermen.
    How many other industries have people not filing tax returns and are off the government radar? We hear about the billions of dollars being lost in income to the families, but no one mentions then probably trillions they have cost Louisiana and the fed in unpaid taxes.
    The oil spill is a disaster. The eco ramifications are enormous. But I'm sure those fishermen can fall back on the money they have stashed in coffee cans.

    June 11, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. mark

    "What exactly has he done in handing the oil spill? Can anyone give us a list of all he has actually done...not said, but done?"

    as soon as someone provides the list, the wh will scribble out jindal's name, and slap BO on it.

    jindal has to live and govern in a state directly affected. barry has no reason to help the state. it would be like 'wasting a crisis'.

    June 11, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. joethegolfer

    Obama administration has ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department to implement multiple modifications to their facilities to make life easier, more comfortable, and pleasant for the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants (approximately 400,000) it detains annually. An internal ICE email highlights 28 different changes the organization will have to make to soften the look of its facilities, present a friendlier environment, offer better entertainment, organize fun activities, and provide illegal immigrant detainees with free access to email and phone services, as well as better dining and training classes.

    June 11, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Joe Schmidt

    Bobby Jindal is not the man for the job. He speaks untruths. He claims to want to run a transparent government yet we in Louisiana have the most opaque government in the nation. He rails against the stimulus yet hands out large checks at photo ops using stimulus money. He is against big government yet expects the government to do more. He is bought and paid for by the oil companies and big business.

    June 11, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Karen

    Quite frankly Gov. Jindal is the only person leading in the gulf coast disaster. The administration is 51 days behind!

    June 11, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Mason

    Jindal would be great but to be honest anything would be better than the incomptent we have in office now. Have you noticed they are sending Clinton out on all the campaigning gigs. Clinton was good President and Obama everyone now knows now is a carbon copy of the weak radical Carter.

    June 11, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Calling All Crackpots

    Jindal..... Show me your Birth Certificate!!!!!!!! Moron(s)........

    June 11, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. You be da man!!!!

    @obama victim June 11th, 2010 12:36 pm ET
    he...and for that matter, anyone...would be better than the empty suit we have now.......EMPTY SUIT???? So A Man think it so is HE !!!!

    June 11, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. alex

    yeah, this is the same guy that stood in front of a camera and mocked the president for setting aside funds to study volcano's. not such a dumb idea now.

    June 11, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. PZ

    Is it just me... or is this essentially a story about a homemade yard sign?

    June 11, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Thi sis the guy who said "...something called 'volcano monitoring"" as if it's some crazy LSD-instigated halucinatory fabrication. This being AFTER the whole Katrina disaster and the controversy surrounding the fact that meteorologists etc. had warned everyone about it and the fed government hadn't done jack to prepare for it and help prevent it from turning into the disaster it did. Thankfully, him saying that was followed quickly by a volcano eruption in Alaska to prove what a fool he is.

    I'm sure he's doing his best down there or whatever, but that doesn't change the fact that he's like watching an Indian Donn Knotts.

    June 11, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Mark from Louisiana

    He's kind of busy at the moment trying to keep oil out of our marshes even though we have an incompetent federal response.

    June 11, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Capt. Snarky

    citizen Wrote on:
    June 11th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

    What exactly has he done in handing the oil spill? Can anyone give us a list of all he has actually done...not said, but done? And then tell us what Obama has done. And then compare the two.

    ________________________________________________

    Well, for one thing, he's had , to paraphrase, his "boots on the ground" from the beginning. He hasn't been sitting on his hands like the President has. He's been out looking at where the problems are, what they are, and has ACTIVELY been looking for potential solutions. Those ideas, he's broadcast loud and clear, for those with the power to implement them (for example BP and President Obama) to hear. Unfortunately, those people have found it easier to turn a deaf ear to Gov. Jindal and advance their own agenda's – to the detriment of Louisana and the whole Gulf Coast. Now, 50-some oil-soaked days later, they are starting to implement his ideas.........(barrier islands)

    YOu do the math on whose been on the scene and who's been flying all over the country............

    June 11, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Alban

    Jindal, Romney, Palin, I don't care. Just not another Democrat. The last time America was in such bad shape with when Carter was president. Every time a liberal democrat gets in the white house, the country falls apart. How stupid can we be that we keep electing these idiots every 40 years. Wake up America.

    June 11, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Capt. Snarky

    vernis robertson June 11th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

    I seen Slummdog Millionaire. So therefore Bobby Jindal needs to stick with acting.
    ____________________________________

    Me thinks Vernis is a bit of a Racist.........

    June 11, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. gt

    if obama care half as much about america as jindal does lousiana we would be in alot better shape...

    June 11, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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