Jindal won't endorse before Louisiana primary
March 12th, 2012
02:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Jindal won't endorse before Louisiana primary

Austin, Texas (CNN) - Mitt Romney has campaigned across Mississippi with Gov. Phil Bryant at his side, but he won't have similar support once the Republican race veers into a neighboring state.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will not endorse a candidate ahead of the state's March 24 primary, a source close to the governor told CNN.

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Jindal, certain to be short-listed by the Republican nominee as a potential running mate, endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry last fall and campaigned aggressively on his behalf before Perry ended his campaign in January.

Rick Santorum is planning a rally in Lafayette on Tuesday, but Louisiana has largely escaped attention so far in the presidential race.

The primary is only the first step in the state's complex delegate allocation process. The Louisiana GOP will also hold caucuses in April and a state convention in June to determine where the state's 43 delegates will go.

Illinois, with 66 delegates at stake on March 20, looms as a more pressing contest for the candidates.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Louisiana
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Very smart Booby Jingle. Avoid taking a position before the primary so you don't have to flippy floppy like a Mittens out of poll data if the primary results in someone you didn't endorse getting the nomination.

    March 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. jilli

    Wow, what a loss. We won't have the benefit of Jindals opinion to guide us.

    March 12, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "Jindal, certain to be short-listed by the Republican nominee as a potential running mate, endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry last fall and campaigned aggressively on his behalf before Perry ended his campaign in January."
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    What does it say about Jindal for him to pick Rick Perry? What does it say about the Republican Party for someone who picked Rick Perry would be on the short list of Veep nominees? Can someone replay that curious rebuttal speech that Jindal gave to the State of the Union speech from a couple of years back? Jindall sounded like he was talking about a parallel Earth.

    March 12, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    that does it for me. If he doesn't endorse someone, i'm not voting,,,his opinion is SOOOOOO important

    March 12, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It seems that when Bobby endorses a candidate, they drop out.

    March 12, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    Very smart Booby Jingle. Avoid taking a position before the primary so you don't have to flippy floppy like a Mittens out of poll data if the primary results in someone you didn't endorse getting the nomination.
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    Good call. Any Jindal endorsement coming now would amount to a flip-flop because Jindal threw his *full* support behind Rick Perry.

    March 12, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. M

    He endorsed Perry that should tell us what this incompetant nut is all about. GOP can be fooled easily with this idiot and his sister Nikki Haley both are pretty useless.

    March 12, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    ""Our companies are generically identical, except for one key difference, the product that we each sell. I sell widgets, so my income is taxed at a higher rate. Mitt sells capital, so his income is taxed at a lower rate. "
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    So he made a better business decision. This is bad why?"
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    Because the gov't picked the winner and the loser in that scenario.

    March 12, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    So he made a better business decision. This is bad why?
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    Let's overlook the obvious because you cannot seem to see it.

    First, you ignore the fact that George W. Bush tilted the playing field to encourage that sort of investment. Second, this tilted playing field makes it more profitable to invest in manufacturing widgets overseas, so that you can declare your income as capital gains, than it does to manufacture widgets domestically and be forced to declare your income as earned income. It is a stupid policy.

    Besides, don't conservatives always complain about how the government shouldn't be playing favorites in private industry? The tax policy is blatant tilting of the playing field that also discourages and destroys American manufacturing. If you want more American manufacturing, then that tax policy must change to encourage American re-investment.

    March 12, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. george of the jungle

    we really need this guys endorsement. He is waiting be cause he is on the short list for vp. Now thats scary. If they can pass enough laws to change what you need to vote they can eliminate millions of low income people. Gee the repo party wants to represent all americans . not!.

    March 12, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    Maybe, like a lot of Americans, Gov. Jindal does not think any of the GOP candidates are qualified to be POTUS.

    Obama 2012

    March 12, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "So he made a better business decision. This is bad why?"
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    Because it should be illegal, for one. The income should be declared as *earned income*, not capital gains. Capital gains are supposed to come from investing *your own money*, not from investing *other people's money*.

    March 12, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. george From NC

    Of Course Jindal want commit. You have to have real sense of what the people want and a backbone. Jindal has neither. Safer to wait and see who wins then claim that the guy he would have endorsed.

    March 12, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I see some of the rightwing nutjobs are trying to justify giving income from capital more favorable tax treatment than income from labor. That kinda shows that none of them are familiar with the history of our country and the thinking of our Founding Fathers and others on the subject. In particular, Adam Smith wrote that labor was superior to capital and must be treated and respected accordingly.

    March 12, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Fair – Sorry I missed your rebuttal to an earlier comment. Today you are 0 for 4, so far, but I forgive you as I am in a good mood because our Seminoles kicked some serious butt in the ACC.

    March 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Alger Dave

    Smart guy. Maybe not endorsing anyone would be even smarter! I'm endorsing Santorum, who can obviously carry a good chunk of the social conservative vote, and if he were the only social conservative running, would have creamed Romney. Without Gingrich in the race, we'd all be calling for Romney to get out of the race right now and let Santorum cruise to victory. Face it – social conservatives are consistently outvoting Romney's supporters almost everywhere (except where they don't exist -like the NE, where Dems will carry the presidential vote this fall anyway, regardless of who the GOP selects!). So, Romney has proven he can carry the 'base' in states that will vote Democratic in the fall. Great news for the GOP....

    March 12, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    Well he's such an important person and all...

    March 12, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Let's check that "Short List" again. Marco Rubio, who isn't sure whether his family are actually refugees or immigrants. Chris Christie, who would make Congress pass a special tax to be applied to any billionaire that complains he isn't paying enough taxes. Bobby Jindal, who still lives in denial about the damage to Louisiana's coastal non-petroleum based industries from the BP fiasco. Mitch Daniels, who helped develop President Dubya's economic policies. Sarah Palin (at least in her own mind), who managed to tank the last Republican nominee by straying off message and not doing her homework on what not to say.
    Yep. One heckuva field these guys have.

    March 12, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Dvet

    There arent any candidates worth endorsing. If a corporation move jobs overseas, the owner needs to move too.

    March 12, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |