November 22nd, 2008
04:11 PM ET
14 years ago

Why's Bobby Jindal in Iowa?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal heads to the state that kicks off the presidential primary season."]
(CNN) - Bobby Jindal's in Iowa today. Louisiana's Governor will make a stop in Cedar Rapids to tour some of the damage from devastating floods earlier this year. He'll also participate in a fundraiser with some of the victims from the flooding. Tonight Jindal heads to Des Moines, where he's the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Iowa Family Policy Center's "Celebrating the Family" banquet, a major Christian conservative event.

Jindal's considered by many in the Republican party to be a rising star and his trip to Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential primary season, is raising speculation that he might be interested in making a bid for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2012. But Jindal says such talk is misplaced and that he has no plans to make a run for the White House.

Jindal was a Congressman from Louisiana's first congressional district when he was elected the state's governor in 2007. At 36, he became the youngest current governor in the country. Jindal was born in Louisiana to parents who immigrated from India.

There was speculation this past summer that Jindal was, among others, in consideration for the Republican vice presidential nomination. In late July Jindal squashed such talk, saying he would not be the GOP vice presidential nominee. John McCain eventually picked another GOP governor, Sarah Palin of Alaska, as his running mate.

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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Walt, Belton,TX

    Next to Chicago and Illinois, being Governor of Louisiana which contains New Orleans has got to be the second most mismanaged and corrupt job in the U.S. The highest crime rates, the corruption capitals of the country, bankrupt cities, slums, and the list goes on and on. How anyone can consider this piece of political garbage to be a future winner for the Republicans or any party is beyond me.

    November 22, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. sonny c.

    I'm from La. & I've seen Jindal in action. He's extremely judgemental & has transferred his former religous zeolosness as a Hindu into a Christian zeolatry. The self proclaimed "good" people of La. view him as a darker & smarter version of young George W. His supporters are so blinded by their hatred of their political foes, they fail to see that Jindal never finishes what he starts & is always looking five moves ahead. He doesn't play well with those who don't shair his views.

    November 22, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue is the Republicans are not in touch with mainstream America. Jindal was voted in because of his irratic Democratic predecessor who waited 5 days before she made any decision about Katrina. Whether it's a Republican or Democrat, the American people will not support a so-called leader who cannot make a decision that will benefit mainstream America.....and that's why Jindal is governor for now.

    Looking at Jindal's record, he hasn't done much in Louisianna and therefore he will not go anywhere and neither will Palin. I hope that they decide to run against Obama/Biden because when they do, Obama/Biden will win with 400+ electoral votes. Make that a matter of record!!

    November 22, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Wow?

    Jindal is smart. Him against Obama would be a good fight for the white house because either way, americans win. I'll still vote for Obama, but I've heard this guy and I respect him.

    November 22, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. MikeH

    What I find amusing and ironic is Bobby's not white, he's S.E. Asian. He may be perceived as the Republican rising star, but the White-Racist-Wing of the Republican Party (about 80% of the Republican Party) won't let him get anywhere near a presidential candidacy, any more than they let Colin Powell.

    Still interesting to watch though.

    November 22, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Geo Joe in ABQ

    I'm a republican who voted for Obama and but Jindal is someone I could support for President. The guy is very sharp.

    November 22, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Remy

    Obama is the inspiration to Jindal if he really wants to run for presidency but he must wait another 12 years and ditch Palin! People need time to forget the last eight years Republican carnage!

    November 22, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Armando

    Ron Paul 2012!!!

    November 22, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Amy in IA

    I welcome diversity on either side of the party. But here in IA now??? I didn't know LA had remedied all of their issues.

    November 22, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. RCE

    I'm a Democrat and think Chuck's comment about Bobby Jindal's intelligence was insulting.

    He said: "Being a Govenor was the ultimate dream.I don't see him going further.This is beyond his limit,his intelligence and character."

    Jindal is a Rhodes Scholar. He has a great educational background and he's very well spoken. To say that he is not intelligent enough to be the POTUS makes me question the curiosity of Chuck, who obviously did 0 research to back up his statement. It's called Google. Obviously, Chuck doesn't have enough intelligence to make posts on the internet.

    November 22, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Simmy

    The Republicans are bordering on insanity! They couldn't win with the white man, now they think because President Obama won and he's only half white, maybe Jindal could win, since he's only half black! LOL

    November 22, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. DL

    So much AWKWARD IGNORNACE on the TICKER... sounds like


    November 22, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. J.L.

    I find it laughable when people say Bobby Jindal is the best new face of the Republican party... This would be the party that would label him a terrorist most likely if they knew his real name (Piyush Jindal)... he's a minority in a part not known for minorities. Doubt the rank and file Republicans would accept him (just look at the level of ugliness against Obama towards the end of the campaign) since he would not be considered part of "us." He's more of a "them." Just a token minority figure so that the Republican party can tout their "diversity." He won't get far... if people were worried about how Obama did in the primaries with a larger percentage of white votes, I think that'll be nothing compared to Jindal during the Republican primaries... the ugliness/latent racism will really show.

    November 22, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. The Bu

    I have a question. And it's just that, a question. Is Bobby Jindal a Christian??? I just wanted to know since there was such an interest of whether President-elect Obama was or was not Christian, although he's stated that he is time and time again. If you're going to be concerned about it from one side, you've got to be concerned about it from the other side, too, huh??? Again, America, just a question.

    November 23, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  15. The Bu

    Hey "KEN", this has been a "power hungry country" for a very, very long time already. Where have you been?

    November 23, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It'll be interesting to see how far up the national scale a person of color can go in the extreme, right-wing, religiously fanatical GOP!

    November 23, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Alexbaj

    Bobby is intelligent and will have experience by 2012. He has a world view like Obama has. It will be a great match between Obama and Jindal in 2012. I don't think any other Republican has the nerve to Challenge Conservative Right to give up on Abortion, Guns and Stupidity as he will.

    November 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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