February 24th, 2014
03:23 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal, Malloy spar after White House meeting

(CNN) – Red-state/blue-state rancor flared on Monday outside the White House between two governors – one with potential presidential aspirations.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and his Connecticut Democratic counterpart, Dannel Malloy, squared off over the minimum wage after they and other governors met with President Barack Obama.

Jindal criticized the Obama administration for waving a "white flag of surrender" on the economy. Malloy labeled those comments the "most partisan statement” that the nation’s governors heard during their weekend of meetings in Washington.

"I think there are things we can do instead of waving the white flag of surrender, instead of declaring this economy to be a minimum wage economy. I think our economy, I think America can do better," Jindal said at a news conference after the Obama meeting.

Jindal, who is term-limited and is considering a White House run in 2016, slammed Obama for his executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.

"Just one second,” Malloy said to Jindal. “Until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road."

"Let’s be clear there are differences here and you just heard what I think ended up being probably the most partisan statement that we had all weekend," he said.

"I don’t know what the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week. I mean that is the most insane statement I ever heard quite frankly. Let’s be very clear that we have had a great meeting and we didn’t go down that road and it just started again and we didn’t start it," he said.

Jindal didn't back down, stepping back up to the microphone.

"If that was the most partisan statement he heard all weekend, I want to make sure that he hears a more partisan statement which is I think we can also grow the economy more if we delayed more of these Obamacare mandates," he said.

Jindal’s remarks came after governors sought to underscore areas of agreement, like improvements to transportation and shared concerns over cuts to the National Guard.


Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Dan Malloy • Minimum wage • President Obama • White House
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. TONE

    The man who called the republican party the party of stupid, could not have made a more stupider statement.

    February 24, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Jindal has helped drive LA, once a sportman's paradise, to one of the 10 most miserable states to live in. He has record uninsured, record welfare, and is in the pockets of big oil. I look forward to his run for president, because even right wingnut media thinks he is out of it.

    February 24, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. just asking

    how pathetic is it that after 5 years of the obama 'recovery' they are fighting about the minimum wage. obama simply doesn't know how to create a healthy growing economy so he is left with government mandates to pay more to the lowest level of skills in our economy. they are paid what they are worth. if the government prices them out of the market, they will be unemployed and paid nothing. more government dependents thanks to the democrats,

    February 24, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. salty dog

    Never gonna happen pencil neck, clamour all you desire, your Koch brothers audition is in vain, your going nowhere.

    February 24, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Jindal, is completely delusional. Many in his adopted party want him gone because he's not the right race.

    February 24, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Well, Jindal's fund raising stock just went up several million with the opening punch line, and several more with the comeback.

    February 24, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    "Jindal’s remarks came after governors sought to underscore areas of agreement, like improvements to transportation and shared concerns over cuts to the National Guard."

    Of course Jindal said this: God forbid he be on the record for cooperating with Democrats! Gotta appease those tea bag knuckle-draggers, after all.

    February 24, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. jinx9to88

    "I think there are things we can do instead of waving the white flag of surrender, instead of declaring this economy to be a minimum wage economy. I think our economy, I think America can do better," Jindal said. – Prime example of whats wrong with the GOP. They Gop loves to talk bad about the Dems idea on how the get people of food stamps and government assistance but cant come up with an alternative. I think the GOP love it when more people are on food stamps so they have something negative talking points.

    February 24, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    "I don’t know what the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week. I mean that is the most insane statement I ever heard quite frankly. Let’s be very clear that we have had a great meeting and we didn’t go down that road and it just started again and we didn’t start it," he said.

    I think what Jindal said would be better characterized as the "most asinine statement".

    February 24, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Bobby can talk tough all he wants; his duck walk to the podium will be forever burned into the memory of every voter.

    February 24, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Donna

    Get used to this America. It is the future the far left Democrat party wants to bring to this country. Government mandated salaries that are deemed far. Since all of their policies are anti-business and thus anti-growth, our economy is stagnant and producing few jobs and many of those are low payng.

    Soon we will all be fighting in the streets for the meagher scraps that are left when the lefties chase every company out of the country. We will all be equal in misery and low income. It is called Progressive Heaven.

    February 24, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Donna, the sky is not falling. We are no longer in the republican Great Recession.

    February 24, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. salty dog

    Well he does belong to the party of stupid, what were we to expect?

    February 24, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Did anyone notice the recent report saying that Walmart profits are down 25%?
    I wonder if the drop has any connection to cutting food stamps and unemployment insurance?

    February 24, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Kindle is going NOWHERE FAST except back to India where they pay people that take OUR jobs penned on the dollar????? There won't be any GOP IDIOTS in the whitehouse THIS CENTURY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Donna

    Get used to this America. It is the future the far left Democrat party wants to bring to this country. Government mandated salaries that are deemed far. Since all of their policies are anti-business and thus anti-growth, our economy is stagnant and producing few jobs and many of those are low payng.

    Soon we will all be fighting in the streets for the meagher scraps that are left when the lefties chase every company out of the country. We will all be equal in misery and low income. It is called Progressive Heaven.
    **********************
    Well, what is the going rate on an human life, Donna? Since you are determined to sacrifice everyone on the alter of Mammon, please let us know what we are worth.

    February 24, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican who believes the world is flat and climate change is an unproven concept. Is now showing us what is like to live in his utopian cast system of corporate greed . How much did Bobby take in federal funds environmental damage from the oil spill in the gulf ?

    Now he want's to loosen EPA standards and regulations .

    Fast talker with phony Southern drawl ,
    typical politician , your gas price goes down , and the oysters and shrimp go extinct .
    Gumbo is the most beloved Louisiana food and for good reason.

    With out good food , Louisiana in NOTHING !

    February 24, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    Get used to this America. It is the future the Democrat party wants to bring to this country. Salaries which a family can live on without being told told by their corporate bosses to go on foodstamps and let the American taxpayers supplement your income, because they are not cutting into their 7 figure quarterly bonus.... "you taker". Since all of their policies are anti-corporate welfare and thus anti-discriminatory against the Worker, our economy will continue in its recovery and begin producing more jobs which will no longer be only low payng- poverty wages.

    Soon we will all be dancing in the streets celebrating what the left has done for the working poor as we watch these new consumers now have enough maney to actually buy the products they make (not take). No, we cannot ALL be millionaires, but we can level the playing field so we dont' only have the 1% treating the rest of us as second, third, and fourth class citizens. To go back to the times of prosperity when businesses and the rich didn't make 700 to 1 profits over their lowest paid Workers and didn't get to roll in their cash in the Cayman Islands while we cut benefits to the poor, elderly, and veterans.
    It is called Te aba gger HeII.
    FIFY

    February 24, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein

    The idea of the poorest wage earners would not deserve a raise strikes me as being wrong. Often these people are barely able to make ends meet. I would hope that many of the people in those jobs have some help... Oh, yeah that would the SNAP program and other federal funded and mandated social welfare programs. If the wealthiest 2% or so formed a well functioning country wide non-profit to take over these functions, we wouldn't have to deal with this as tax payers.

    February 24, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @-Donna

    Get used to this America. It is the future the far left Democrat party wants to bring to this country. Government mandated salaries that are deemed far. Since all of their policies are anti-business and thus anti-growth, our economy is stagnant and producing few jobs and many of those are low payng.

    Soon we will all be fighting in the streets for the meagher scraps that are left when the lefties chase every company out of the country. We will all be equal in misery and low income. It is called Progressive Heaven.
    -------–
    Get used to it? I have a quick US history tidbit for you. Americans have always debated each other openly. I would rather have open discussion, even heated, than the Glorious Conservative Theocracy envisioned by the Radical Right.

    February 24, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. g

    republicans want to stay on the road of low wages and food stamps for all

    February 24, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. it must be said

    Why don't all these minimum wage people just look around and get better paying jobs? Oh yeah, they don't have the skills or education to get them. And for no skills and no education, they are demanding more be giiven to them? How about EARNING YOUR RAISE??? Nope, thta is not the Democrat Party way, especially in an election year when they need to deflect from the massive Obamacare fiasco. Time to gin up the poor folks, maybe get the Occupy Wallstreet crowd squatting again. How predictable, how pathetic.

    February 24, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    And of course, CNN makes it sound like both sides were being jerks here when in fact everything was just find before Booby Jingle had to go and open his big mouth and vomit vitriol all over the proceedings.

    February 24, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Pat

    Bobby Jindal can't go to the bathroom without Gov. Rick Perry's okay. What ever Perry does or do not do, Jindal follows him.

    February 24, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "they are paid what they are worth."

    Really? Our country believes that it's actually possible for people to be "worth" a wage level that won't even feed, clothe and shelter themselves, let alone their families? Sounds like we've made very little progress whatsoever since the Emancipation Proclamation....and it sounds like you'd like to undo it in the first place. Of course, all of it has to be taken in the context of who you really think this minimum wage really applies to most often and the fact that you consider 'them" subhuman from the get-go...so yeah, there's that too.

    February 24, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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