November 15th, 2012
07:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Jindal says Romney 'gift' remark 'completely unhelpful'

(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal – the newly elected chair of the Republican Governors Association and a frequent subject of 2016 presidential speculation – reiterated Thursday his irritation at Mitt Romney's comments explaining his defeat in the presidential election.

Romney was recorded telling donors on a conference call that President Barack Obama won votes by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.

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"This is completely unhelpful," Jindal told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "This is not where the Republican Party needs to go. If you want voters to like you, the first thing you've got to do is like them first."

The Louisiana governor's comments were similar to remarks he made Wednesday in Las Vegas, where he and other governors are attending a meeting of the Republican Governors Association.

During his CNN interview on Thursday, Jindal linked the latest Romney comments to the candidate's remarks at a closed door fund-raiser in May, when he argued that 47 % of Americans were "victims" dependent on government and would never vote for him.

"I don't think we advance this discussion or debate by insulting folks," Jindal said. "Look, the Republicans need to stick to our principles, but we need to treat other people with respect. Even those we don't agree with, we need to show them we respect them and their beliefs. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Republicans said a lot of dumb things. We need to condemn the remarks."

Among those dumb things, Jindal said, were comments from GOP Senate candidates in Indiana and Missouri about rape and abortion, which drew consternation from Democrats and Republicans. Both candidates lost their bids by wide margins in races that were previously close.

Ultimately, the 2012 presidential race is in the history books, and Jindal said he wasn't sure "how much benefit there is to continue to look back."

Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida offered more restrained opposition to Romney's remarks than Jindal. In an interview with Politico on Thursday, Rubio characterized them as "an analysis to donors."

Rubio, another former Romney surrogate with possible 2016 presidential aspirations, said he was unaware of the full context of Romney's remarks, so he could not say whether he was disappointed by them. However, his party's mission, he added, "should not be to deny government benefits to people who need them," and instead make sure "less people need government benefits."

"I don't want to rebut him point by point," he said of the former Republican presidential candidate.

"I would just say to you, I don't believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don't want to work. I'm not saying that's what he said. I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on the government because they can't find a job."


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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Planner922

    Please be careful how you swallow Jindal's line. Remember what his line was two weeks ago? He's the one running for President. He has been Governor of LA for the last 6 years and has been out of the State running for a National Position more than he's been in it.
    If you want to know what happens when you have Single Party Republican Control in a State, take a close look at the Statistics for Louisiana.
    They are abysmal.

    November 15, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. anonoymous

    And the distance a spin begins...funny how nobody really had a negative word to say the 47% comment in a secret video but now a wiser Romney comes out of an election knowing full well his words will be repeated. Says something on the same lines maybe even worst and know they comment. Guess they know a loser like Romney has no polictical benefit to them anymore. Sad sad sad.....

    November 15, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Mary Martin

    Romney will be the continuing leader in the destruction of the Republican party.

    November 15, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. wjmccartan

    The biggest thing said by the republican that was wrong: We don't need you John Huntsman.
    After that happened and you left yourself a house full of dummies, what did you expect. People will at least respect intelligence, arrogance means you think you should be respected. The basic rule when you meet someone rich or poor, respect is earned not given, and never demanded. As for the Pompous ass Romney he thought well the gop like me then everyone else should bow down before his brilliance. The kings shiny new clothes. Fools and Tools.

    Lucid One

    November 15, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    This coming from Jindal the same man who "told" the POTUS not to visit his state during a crisis. Has he suddenly found sympathy? Fat chance.

    At this point, there is nothing anyone in the republican party could say to me to make me want to vote for any candidate running on the republican ticket for the rest of my life. They have exercised every disrespect possible towards this half black president, and have only fallen short in physically harming him. Jindal and all the others in his party know Willard is a horrible, evil, corrupt person with a lot of inner hatred and resentment, towards minorities and poor people. The only time anyone sees the real Willard, is when he thinks he's safe and no one outside his circle is listening. Then, and only then, does the country and the world get a peek into his inner thoughts and bigotry which we smartly rejected.

    The president should leave "this one" alone COMPLETELY and associate with REAL republicans who actually want to work with him and continue moving the country forward. There is no place for Willard to go but down from this point on.

    November 15, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Facts don't Lie

    as bad as what Romney said, what is even worse is that many on the right AGREE with him. Just look at FoxNews, listen to right wing talk radio, heck even read comments from some on the right that post here. When Obama won one of the first things that came from the right was the divison of what they label as "makers" and "takers" and the only way that is going to end is when that group passes away.

    November 15, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. ETY

    I am proud of Messrs. Rubio and Jindsl for the humanity in their comments. They ought to show the way for the Rep party. Lincoln was a Republican (BTW I am a Democrat).

    November 15, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. 3MgH

    GOP Survival Tip #1: Stop your race baiting. Most Americans are not so stupid that they can't see through the dog whistles.

    November 15, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. bb

    America really dodged a bullet when that contemptuous plutocrat Mitt Romney lost the presidential election.

    November 15, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Ray

    Republicans continue to sink,they didn't understant that insulting people are bad business for them,they dont learned the lessons of the general election 2012?????Its so sad for them...they need to generate more trust in the people or being rejected for more and more independents,minories,woman's and youngest groups.

    November 15, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Centrist Voter.

    Yes, speaking truthfully about your beliefs is NOT helpful when they reveal that you look down on MOST of the people you want voting for you.

    November 15, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Less talk, more working with The President.

    Less talk, more working with The President. Like fixing the fiscal cliff, voting for bills that can create 1 million jobs for Veterans.

    November 15, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. joe

    it seems the republican party gets off insulting people and they also show no respect for the office of the president. They seem to think this makes them look good but let me tell you we as voters are getting really tired of their rants and phoney indignation. Time they grow up. Romney was a poor choice to begin with and he is totally out of touch with most Americans. He is just a bitter rich bully and I think the story about him cutting the kids hair is probably true. He has a nasty disposition as does senator Mc Cain as he showed us all today. He was so upset by the bengaze incident that he couldn't bother to show up for the briefing. The republican party is full of liers and mean dishonest clowns.

    November 15, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. SafeJournay

    And just think that less than two weeks ago Mitt had Jindals full support. lol, let the circular firing squad begin

    November 15, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. antony

    thank GOD is not a president

    November 15, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. independent

    The comment is actually extremely helpful in understanding the point of view mainstream Republicans.

    November 15, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  17. shirley dales

    jindal is wrong romney is right

    November 15, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    Oh I disagree,Bobby Jingle. Romney's comments were extremely helpful. They were helpful in letting everyone know that Romney is in fact a serial liar, and he meant every word he said when he made his "47%" comments. Romney is not only a morally corrupt, soulless sub-human, but an ignorant, unaccountable sore loser as well.

    November 15, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    So much for being a graceful loser.... what a disgraceful accusation totally without substance.
    He just compounded that we the people got it righ.t We understood his 47 % comment and now we have the proof... he is only interested in his ideology solutions and the MITT my way or the highway, that was how he ran Bain capital and conducted so called negotiations on business deals.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    November 15, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. hk

    Mr Jindal. I agreed.

    November 16, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. fernace

    And thusly need the governmental intervention that we pay for w/ every paycheck! That's why it's called "ent.itlement," becuse we're ent.itled! Especially when an administration spends our tax $$ on stuff like unfunded, unecessary wars & gives taxbreaks to 1%, then want to cut our safetynets when the economy goes belly up! Who does that? I'm glad to Finally hear the voice of reason from the Republican party! I know they've been there all along, but the voice of the T-Party drowns them out! Time for the T-Party zealots to break off into their own uber right/evangelical party & quit riding on the coatails of the real Republicans! Come on, Repubs out there, haven't y'all had enough of T-Party madness!!

    November 16, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. judy

    If the Republicans hadn't chosen Romney as their candidate they might have had a chance. Too bad they trusted a baffoon.

    November 16, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. Alfred E. Neuman

    Does anyone believe the face of the Republican Party will look like Bobby Jindal? Now that's just too funny!

    November 16, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  24. Thomas

    Now they blame Romney for saying stupid things . All the time they supported what Mitt was saying. The above photo image should read "McDonnell and Jindal" , Romney's wannabe VP Yes Men .

    Both men are not leaders , they are followers .

    By the way , where is Governor Rick Scott ?

    November 16, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  25. gayle

    Jindal is pandering to CNN, hoping to get publicity for his next political move, ala Christie. Romney spoke the truth. Half of Americans want free stuff from the other half who pay for it. Why else would anyone vote for an arrogant Chicago thug?

    November 16, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
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