July 23rd, 2008
09:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Jindal: I will not be VP

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(CNN) - Has Bobby Jindal ruled out being John McCain's running mate?

One day after it was revealed the presumptive Republican presidential candidate was slated to hold a closed-door meeting with the 37-year old governor, Jindal told Fox News there is no way he will fill the bottom half of the GOP presidential ticket.

CNN's Political Market: Jindal's stock goes down

"I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee or vice president," Jindal said. "I'm going to help Senator McCain get elected, as governor of Louisiana."

"Let me be clear: I have said in every private and public conversation, I've got the job that I want," Jindal also said.

It's not uncommon for those being considered for a slot on the presidential ticket to deny interest in the position, but Jindal's blanket statement is notable, especially in light of the fact he is widely considered to be on McCain's shortlist. It also came the day the two men were scheduled to sit down at a private meeting the McCain campaign refused to discuss. On Wednesday afternoon, the meeting was postponed due to weather.

GOP sources also tell CNN Jindal is being considered for the keynote address slot at the Republican Convention.

Earlier: VP buzz rises around Jindal

Widely considered a rising star in his party, VP speculation first swirled around Jindal earlier this summer when he was one of a handful of politicians McCain invited to his Sedona, Arizona ranch. The long weekend was described as purely social, though former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist - two other Republicans considered to be top vice presidential possibilities - were also in attendance.

Jindal has been lauded by several conservatives wary of John McCain, including talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh. But the decision would undercut one of the Arizona senator's chief arguments against Obama: his relative lack of experience. The Louisiana governor is nearly 10 years younger than the Democratic presidential candidate.

Watch: Jindal talks politics

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  1. Susan, PA


    visit pollster.com to make your doubts clear.

    July 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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