Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing Rick Perry for president, a major endorsement for the Texas governor as the campaign for the Republican nomination enters the crucial fall stretch of the primary calendar, a source tells CNN.
Jindal is on his way to Florida and will be Perry's guest at Monday night's "Tea Party Republican Debate" broadcast on CNN from Tampa, the source said. Jindal is expected to formally make the announcement prior to the debate.
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Jindal released a statement Monday saying, “Rick Perry is the candidate who can lead our party to victory in 2012."
“His record on job creation simply cannot be beat, and the one million jobs he’s helped create as governor is a stark contrast to the 2.4 million jobs lost on President Obama’s watch."
Earlier in the day, Tim Pawlenty endorsed his one-time rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, for the GOP nomination. Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor who dropped out of the race last month, will be Romney's guest at the debate.
An interview with Jindal will air exclusively Monday evening on CNN's "John King, USA."
So Romney and Perry are both bringing dates that are not their wives?
who is Jindal? and why do we care who this fool endorses?
Rick Perry for President. Did someone really post they were glad they lived in California and not in Texas? All I can say is WOW!
Yes someone did and I too am GLAD I don't live in Texas anymore. Between Bush and Perry no thank you. It's too hot, too extreme and much to ignorant for civilized people.
Wow! That is a shocker. Governor Jindal is moving even farther to the right. Coming from an Ivy League education to supporting Rick Perry is quite a road to travel. Going from a Governor who needed tons of support after Katrina and the oil spill is now joining forces with Perry, a man who would do away with the money.
Governor Jindal, like most TEA Party members and those who are very conservative would like us to change immigration even though their ancestors were most likely immigrants and arrived here in many different ways. They have issues with Social Security which would help to put an end to that money for those who are retired and those to follow. He is an advocate for closing down FEMA, for lowering the amount of money going to social action programs, health insurance rules and regulations, and more.
When I read some of the comments I began to wonder why they keep writing that this is just liberals speaking. I am not a liberal, I do have very strong values, I am religious, and my family is very precious to me. Please comment on the story and stop spending so much times pitching battles.
Howdy Doody supports another clown?
That is not exactly "breaking news", but then Howdy does believe in exorcism and Rick (Elmer Gantry) Perry has been busy polishing the knob, er, buckle of the Bible belt and wooing the Southern Baptist!
Expect a statement from the Perry camp, I appreciate the endorsement, altho, I do not agree with ANY of his beliefs!
Sorta like "I am not a witch" but still want the teatard's campaign contributions so I can pay my rent!
One radical endorsing another radical. What did you expect?
One extremist know-nothing nutball endorsing another.
Come on CNN. Does anyone care who the little pip-squeak Jindal endorses?
As a Jindal supporter in the last election, I am disappointed that Jindal seems to be more interested in issues out of state than here in Louisiana. There has to be something he is working toward on the national level. Those who have complained about Obama being a Muslim certainly can't be very supportive of someone, like Jindal, who definitely was not Christian until his conversion – or, did he really convert?
And Jindal's endorsement is important why?!? Jindal was a spark in the GOP for about 3 minutes, that's it. I don't anyone cares what Jindal says, most Americans don't even know who he is.
Caution. Bobby Jindal has dark skin. Based on traditional GOP philosophy, this means either he is a Muslim, he was not born in the US, or he pals around with terrorists . . .
Why is it a disaster strikes a major US city and suddenly their Mayor becomes credible. To this I say, BFD>
Should we ask 'Who cares" or "Do we laugh?"
Those two guys, alias Lloyd Christmas and Harry Done.
Even more reason not to even consider Perry for President, as if I needed any more reasons.
It's simple: Jindal wants to be VP (and later Pres.) and Perry needs some brains on the team. Average both their IQs and together they become about average.
JIndal could be Perry's mentor on how to live the life of irrelevance. Both are weak in slightly different ways, but weak and shallow none the less. And soon both will be irrelevant.
Wasn't Jindal's parents here in the US on a green-card when he was born? Is he even a US citizen? Someone call Donald Trump to get to the bottom of this!
Not much to add to these comments, except to say,
I'm ThinkAgain, and the GOP does NOT speak for me.
what would you have expected from this guy who with his sister the gov.of South Carolina do not know about anything which is the teatards ideology, the least you know the better. OBLIVIOUS!!!!!!!
One weasel endorsing another weasel. WHOOPEE!
Riiiight – that's the Far right Asian-Americanswhocan'trespondtoObama'sStateoftheUnionspeechverywell-faction sewn up then.
Who cares what Jindal says – he is washed up.
i never thought jindal was bright, but this is too much
Jindals statements about Perry are total hippocracy and the guy interviewing him doesn't even question his statements. Most of the jobs created by Perry since the recession are GOVERNMENT jobs. Private sector jobs have actually decreased. Jindal keeps saying government doesn't create job, but that's exactly what has occurred in Texas. He also says income has increased, true only for the rich of Texas Perry is a liar, just the opposite of what Jindal says.
Seriously? Mr. Rogers of the GOP makes an endorsement and we care why, exactly?