Jindal ‘rejects’ Obama impeachment calls from fellow Republicans
August 25th, 2013
02:40 PM ET
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Jindal ‘rejects’ Obama impeachment calls from fellow Republicans

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers who suggest there are grounds to impeach President Barack Obama are focusing their energy in the wrong direction, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said on Sunday.

Jindal, a Republican, said GOP lawmakers should focus instead on getting rid of Obama’s signature health care law and promoting greater school choice for parents.

“Look, I reject that kind of talk,” Jindal said of impeachment chatter, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“The reality is I didn’t like it when the left spent eight years trying to delegitimize President Bush, calling to question his election. I don't think we should be doing that to President Obama," continued Jindal, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

At least three congressional Republicans have floated impeachment this month while speaking with constituents at town halls.

On Thursday, video surfaced of Sen. Tom Coburn responding to a question from a constituent by asserting the president's policies were approaching a legal standard for impeachment. Without using specifics, the Oklahoma Republican pointed to what he called "intended violation of the law" by Obama's administration, as well as general incompetence of some of his appointees.

"I don't have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors - but I think they're getting perilously close," Coburn said, adding Obama was a “personal friend.”

Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold told his Texas constituents earlier in August that the House of Representatives "could probably get the votes" to impeach Obama.

And in a video posted online Tuesday, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan responded to a woman during a Q&A session that "if I could write that bill and submit it," he said, moving to impeach Obama "would be a dream come true."

That sort of talk, Jindal said, wasn’t going to help Republicans push through new policies.

“The reality is one of the great things about this country is we do have a peaceful transfer of power,” he said. “I disagree with this president's policies, but instead of talking about impeachment, let's get out there and let's have a legitimate debate, let's fight his policies, let's try to repeal Obamacare, let's try to promote school choice, let's fight against more government spending.”

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep tilting at windmills boys. President Obama and Obamacare aren't going anywhere!

    August 25, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. California

    If everyone agreed with everyone else it would truly be a pathetic world.

    August 25, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Rusty Krus

    What a bizarre looking man!

    August 25, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. king

    aah, i wonder what should the American people do with the right wingers in congress, who have been holding this country hostage for 4 years, with lies and sabotage at every turn. these folks just cannot stand the reality that this president will reside with the greatest president that ever lived. theyve done every thing to demonize him by using fake scandals at every turn: he has cut a 1.4 trillion anual budget deficit in half during the second most disastrous time in our country's history. he has been creating jobs for almost 40 straight months; a stiff contrast of the 800 thousand jobs lost a month when he took over. housing are coming back, the stock market crash is now at its highest points in history. businesses are coming back to America. and obamacare is lowering premiums all over the country for the states that isn't trying to kill it.

    August 25, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. USwatcher

    Oh brother...next we'll be hearing GOP campaign speeches about JOBS again...remember all that JOB chatter by the GOP leading up to Nov.2010...after the election...not a peep about JOBS from the GOP...except NO.

    August 25, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Jeff Barber

    Gov Jindal is correct. There is a process to change leadership. The process does not involve innuendo and phantom statements. Sen Coburn says "I don't have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors – but I think they're getting perilously close." If you don't have the legal basis, stop talking. The Republican party will only get the White House back when it's disciplined enough to follow Bobby Jindal's agenda. Sen Coburn's strategy will only push the Center (the majority voter block) further to the Left.

    August 25, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Tom

    There simply aren't enough votes to impeach Obama. Impeachment requires a 2/3 majority in the Senate to succeed. That would mean all Republicans and some Democrats would have to vote in favor of impeachment. Unless there is concrete evidence that Obama committed a serious crime (not some imagined infraction dreamed up by Republicans) there is zero chance any impeachment effort will succeed. But Jindal is being just as delusional waving the repeal Obamacare flag. That's red meat for the Republican base but, like impeachment, Republicans would need a 2/3 majority in the Senate (assuming such a resolution ever made it to the floor of the Senate) to override a guaranteed Presidential veto. Republicans could try to modify the existing ACA, but that would require putting forth some actual ideas. I'm still waiting for any Republican to articulate a better plan than the current ACA.

    August 25, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    For a group of rethugs/teatools who think so much they are certainly, to quote mr mardi gras, pretty stupid.
    It's all about innuendos and half truths and planting seeds of doubts with absolutely nothing to back it up but their right wing hating zealots believe anything as long as it's against our President.
    Pretty pathetic but just think of hitler and what brain washing can do to a nation.

    August 25, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. nintex

    I taught elementary school for too many years not to recognize the typical fourth-grade playground tactic of whatever you're doing that got you into trouble, point at the other guy and yell and scream as loud as you can that he started it and it's all his fault. These Tea Party people should get a clue that we can see right through them. They talk of impeachment because they have nothing else. And to blame President Obama and the Democrats for trying to shut down the government – that's really fourth grade "pass the blame"! Get a clue, Tea People – we're on to you.

    August 25, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Well I guess kindle has more brains then most GOP politicians that have no sence. He is right about the GOP being the party of stupid but wrong on repeal the healthcare law, we want the healthcare law and and expect congress to work to improve it instead of trying to tear it down and replace it with nothing. The GOP has no healthcare plan , so just shut up!!!!!

    August 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Diana

    Repubilcans want to impeach obama? Republicans are grasping for a republican.republicans dont know how to be president of the usa! Diana

    August 25, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Clarke

    So in the eyes of the GOP, the President has been a bad boy, because he will not play their game by their rules, so they want to impeach him. Well I would like to cite the GOP for contempt of not doing there job for the American people. All they have done is hate the President, and fight him tooth and nail on everything. The GOP has not done one thing they said they would. They have, however spread the hate and disrespect to the office of President of the United States. I find it all very, very shameful!

    August 25, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Name Uche Agonsi

    I cannot but say that so far God has piloted the Obama Administration out of the,turbulent storms evoked by the Repubs. The game of politics in US no longer involved just criticising the govt and waiting for it to make some policy mistakes, but downgraded to evolving all measures possible to frustrate governance. No govt can succeed under such situation. Obama's Middle East policy might be his waterloo. From the way things are shaping it is beginning to make sense that Obama's advicers might lead him into ruins.

    August 25, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    A majority Of American Citizens want Obama Impeached.Mr Jingles.Some Elected Officals are trying to do what the voters want........... Now chew on that jindal............

    August 25, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. sally hodges

    Repeal Obamacare and replace it with what? A universal single-payer system instead of mandatory insurance premiums? Don't we all wish! No, instead we will get NOTHING. Because the GOP doesn't care if the ordinary American has access to affordable health-care. Just look at the terrible way veterans were treated by the Bush Administration – not to mention the under-equipped and wrongly equipped soldiers sent to Iraq and Afghanistan right after 911.

    If anyone should be impeached, it's the Speaker of the House for failing to address the issues the MAJORITY of Americans want and for refusing to get legislation passed based on bipartisan committee recommendations. The House is just a shameful group of self-righteous special-interest brats who couldn't run a pre-school, let alone the greatest nation on earth!

    August 25, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. John

    Impeachment requires a crime. I say we take those bad-mouthing fups out and shoot them, because who needs a crime anyway?

    August 25, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. taxpayers paying congress for nothingBUG

    the you bobby jindal I dn like you but agree what u have said. What gets me the healthcare came from the republican starting with Bob Dole and newt it was therer idea along with the heritage foundation basically. idea obama had came from the republican now ask BIG DADDDY CRUZ ABOUT THAT. I call him big daddy because he acts like a pimp all cash with no hookers he's just a puppet no ideas just speeches just like they accusrd Obama during making speeches.

    August 25, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. jinx9to88

    Schools and Republicans should not be used in the same sentence. GOP are known for cutting Education and Jindal is no difference. We may not feel the effects now but in 12 – 15 years these young kids will be fighting for Walmart jobs.

    August 25, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. MesaMax

    Impeachment will never happen. We are stuck with Obama for bad or worse. And he knows his skin color is his insurance policy. ANY talk of impeachment, however warranted impeachment may become, will just be turned on its head and into the ol' racism claims. What is best for our country is secondary to politics. That is how perverted the political environment has become.

    August 25, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    he[ barak. he is anti religion, anti free enterprise. give to those that don't, can't ,only to takers.. love freedom

    August 25, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. jinx9to88

    Wouldnt shutting down the government not pay the government contract workers? Republicans would be hurting.

    August 25, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. ChrisM

    Republicans, When uncertain, when in doubt, run in Circles, scream and shout.

    August 25, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. don in albuquerque

    Ya know...I have not heard one GOTP'er say what the Articles of Impeachment would be. Perhaps because there aren't any. Put up or shut up boys. But of course the GOTP is not intelligent enough to do either.

    August 25, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. don in albuquerque

    When Mel Brooks wrote "Blazing Saddles", I wonder he he realized he was writing prophesy. Don't the towns people remind you of the GOP?

    August 25, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Pete

    Jindal knows impeachment is just like Issas failed hearings,committes getting nothing but citizens aggravated nationwide because it shows as usual republicans are failures just grasping for straws. Remember posters what help has republicans given its citizens,America as a whole since Pres.Obamas inaugeration,nothing,nada,zilch and it ain't gonna change till after midtems,so get used to it!!

    August 25, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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