(CNN) - Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is "absolutely" qualified to run for president in 2012.
"I think it's up to her to make the case to voters," Jindal said Friday in an interview on Bloomberg TV’s "Political Capital with Al Hunt."
When asked about recent comments by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who said Republicans need to "man up" and acknowledge that Palin cannot be elected president, Jindal said members of the GOP establishment should not tell voters what to do.
"I don't like anybody - whether it's the Republican establishment, D.C. insiders - trying to tell the Republican voters who their nominee should be," Jindal said. "I think there are several strong contenders. Governor Palin is one of them - there are many others."
The two-term Louisiana governor said he's "biased" toward governors, those that have run organizations and executives "who've had to balance budgets, make tough choices."
Jindal has repeatedly said he has no plans to run for president, despite continued speculation over whether he'll throw his hat in the ring.
Of course she's qualified to "run" for president...she's just not qualified to "be" president.
I guess he admires her because she spends a lot of time out of state promoting herself like he does.
Bobby, every Independent and Democrat is with you on this one!
Thanks Bobby. That was special. Now please return to your desk and give the other children a chance to speak.
What a joke anybody who has listened to Sarah Palin for the last 2 years and thinks she is qualified to be president is nuts. She quit her job as governor of Alaska knew she could make more money from people that are gullible enough to put their money in her pockets, she will not sign her books at the book signings unless you show a receipt to prove you bought it. Jindal is afraid of her as are a lot of Republicans while the Dems. say bring it on because they know the quickest way for Obama to win is if Sarah is nominated.
This just goes to show you, what the GOP is made up of when they say someone like Palin is fully qualified to be the president of United States.... God help us all...
Considering how he nationally spoke right after President Obama with a very weak voice, this really is turning into a joke.
I agree with Jindal that Palin should run but I don't see how he could include her as a governor who had to make tough choices. She saw the money and avoided a scandal, her decision to quit was an easy choice for her.
Jindal is not qualified either. He is in the process of dismantling State Government in Louisiana. He will regret these words later.
Good to see some common sense coming out of the GOP ie. Governor Jindal supporting Sarah Palin's potential presidential bid. It would be good to have a president that is not a member of a secret order such as Freemasons, wouldn't it.
When you are as unqualified to be President as Bobby Jindal, ANYONE would seem qualified to you.
Ummm... CNN? Since when is Bobby Jindal a "Top" Republican? Palin herself is more on "Top" of the GOP than he is.
Palin is qualified to be President. She clearly meets all of the Constitutional requirements.
On the other hand, many of the voters do not consider her competent to be President for all the reasons that other posters will flame over.
Also, he is not a "two term" Governor, and probably won't be. Not that popular here and travels frequently for political reasons.
I don't know why I just can't take this guy seriously, he's like a cartoon character.
So, Gov. Jindal, her quitting on her Alaskan constituents half way through her term gives her that vast amount of executive experience, huh? She is good at making the most of HER moment of fame for HER advantage. I will never forget McCain's poor, poor judgement on placing this half-baked Alaskan on the platform of American politics. And if you do decide to run for President, I will not forget your judgement here either. (Maybe Joe Scarborough should consider getting back into elected office.)
Bobby Jindal, the best the GOP has to offer.
this is funny. Notice he didnt say she was qualified "to be President". Just qualified to run. Heck, if you can file and papers and pay the fee, you are qualified to run.