November 16th, 2010
11:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Jindal NOT running in 2012

(CNN) – When it comes to a possible Bobby Jindal 2012 presidential run, the Louisiana governor will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.

Jindal, considered to be a rising star within the GOP despite some high profile setbacks, issued an emphatic Shermanesque statement Monday in an interview with the Associated Press when asked about his 2012 White House plans.

"I'm not being coy at all. I'm not running for president in 2012. Period. No ifs, ands or buts, no caveats," said Jindal. "We have made great progress in Louisiana, but we've got a lot more work to do."

Jindal is currently on tour promoting his new book, "Leadership in Crisis," which in part takes aim at President Obama for what the Louisiana governor describes as a tepid response to the Gulf oil spill earlier this year.


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  1. Pretzel Logic

    In related news, I too have decided not to run for President in 2012. And just like Bobby Jindal I had no chance of ever winning the nomination in the first place.

    November 16, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    his chances were slim and none,good thing now he won't make a fool of himslef.

    November 16, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Danny Cali

    Forget that man you not going to win we have more people better than you bro, even you or your Party get President it still the Party of big "NO" and "NO" bro.

    November 16, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. ABM

    Jindal is just another complainer. He has no substance or aptitude to handle higher office. His handling of the spill was proof that he was quick to run the camera to complain but had no real solutions. What can he say now? Nothing. What can he offer now? Nothing.

    November 16, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. jeffRI

    there's a blessing – the village idiot won't run for President – this man is frighteningly out of touch with reality so please stay in LA 'BOBBY-BOY'

    November 16, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. ST

    Jindal talks too much. In his everlasting talks, not at once I have heard him giving a single compliment to anyone. Such type of people are good for nothing!

    November 16, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. sparky

    If Piyush Amrit is a "rising star" in the GOP that's awesome for me (us)

    November 16, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Jindal says that now. He may change his mind. Even if he doesn't run for president, he'll still be on the short list for VP. I feel the same way about NJ governor and bully Christie. I have to say that he is twice the man of Jindal; I am speaking about just the weight though.

    November 16, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    He'll make a good cabinet choice for whoever wins in 2012. From there he can start building up his credentials even more. He's too good to keep hidden in Louisiana forever!

    November 16, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Republican

    He is 1000 times better than Sarah Palin as President

    November 16, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. ART

    I heard he was bashing President Obama in his new book for not doing enough about the oil spill. I guess Obama should of put on his superman suit and single handedly stop the leak beneath the ocean, get a clue Bobby boy

    November 16, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Dave, Central Illinois

    2012 prospects? Who cares. I only care that the long-winded disaster who is now president loses his job.

    November 16, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    I doubt if the Tea party folks would back you anyway Bobby. You don't look like them at all and you know if you win they'll be screaming "WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!!" again...better yet make sure you have your birth certificate.

    November 16, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. regular guy

    So Jindal is promoting a book critical of Obama's response to the BP Crisis. I guess the next book would be one critical of Bush's response to Katrina? Oh..no wait...Bush was a Republican....never mind

    November 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Living in America

    Thank God he's not running. He turned down and extension for humans to have on their unemployment benefits but having a fit about some pelicans with oil on their wings.

    Jindal did you also include in your book how you told President Obama thank you. First you say you didn't need government assistance but when the oil came you was all up in the the very government for help. I wanns hear how the Hurricane Katrina people feel about you. Get outta the water and get on dry land and talk to them about the great progress you guys are doing then we will really know for ourselves Jindal is trying to come behind Obama to run for President. Slow your roll Jindal one colored person at a time. This country couldn't take 2 tan one's back to back. If you ran Sarah will truly be President hands down.

    November 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. kat

    I'm glad he isn't running for President in 20112. He is a great Governor for our state. We wouldn't want to lose him to all the corruption in Washington.

    November 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jindal proof of birth in the U.S. is questionable. His mother was in India and while in labor she flew all the way back to the U.S. to give birth, come on people.

    November 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Whatever

    LOL sure he won't accept the nomination!!! Sure he won't serve if he won (LONG SHOT)!!!!!! It is good to dream Jindal. I wondered where you were since the BP spill stopped you have been extremely quiet!!!

    November 16, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Lolo

    He is smart. The same scenario will paly out jusy like when Obama was elected. The racist Republicans and Tea Partiers will not be happy if any person of color runs for office. They think that only a white person should hold that job, and they are the people who put us in this mess in the first place. Now they think that a ignorant person like Sarah Palin can run the job. America is going to don the drain slowly but surely.

    November 16, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. malcolm in St Louis

    He looked good in Louisiana because they have set the bar so low for politicians. Anywhere else but the south he would be seen as mediocre. He is not presidential timbre.

    November 16, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Ted

    Good. at least one GOP'er has come to his senses. How about Romney, Huckabee, Palin and the rest of the lunatics? The GOP needs a good person and there are some out there that might actually be acceptable to Democrats. But I feel it is highly doubtful that a Mitch Daniels type person would make it through the circus of an election and that is too bad.

    November 16, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. keeth in cali

    Wouldn't win anyway.

    November 16, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Sarah Palin will win the GOP Nomination. She will run. And President Obama will go on to a successful 8 years in office; barring of course his inability to solve the economic crisis in his first 25.50 months in office.
    Jindal would never win the party nomination for President. Do you think those good ol’ boy slackjaws are going to support Jindal? Go back a couple years; Palin was handing out free hotdogs and chewin’ tabakkie for every cross burned at her ‘Whites Only Country First’ rallies.

    November 16, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. sonny chapman

    Now maybe he can find a way to keep LSU from having an institutional melt down from budget cuts. If he stays in La. long enough to tackle the problem.

    November 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. MN Hockey Mom

    @pretzel logic.... Thank you for the best laugh of my day – i loved your post!! I must admit however, that I am sad I will not be seeing your name on the ballot in 2012. Running against Jindal – I think you had a pretty good shot!

    November 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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