December 10th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Jindal says not interested in being president

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Jindal says he's not interested in running for president ."](CNN) - Bobby Jindal - the Indian-American Louisiana governor who is widely viewed as one of the frontrunners for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination - flatly said Tuesday he's not interested in seeking the White House.

"No," Jindal said definitively when asked if he was interested in being president, according to The Associated Press.

Jindall made the comments at a Richmond, Virginia, news conference, during which he endorsed Bob McDonnell – a Republican running for governor of Virginia.

Jindal said instead he has his sights set on seeking reelection to his current office in 2011.

But AP reports Jindal, whom many Republicans view as best positioned to transform the party's image, did not rule out the possibility he may change his mind about a White House run.

Jindal ventured to Iowa last month for a set of appearances and fundraisers - a move that fueled speculation he was begining to lay groundwork in the crucial early presidential voting state.

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  1. Credit Card Republicans

    The "New Confederacy" is out to bust all the unions in favor of the so called "Right to Work States".The right you get ,is to become a modern day slave or sharecropper in whatever job you have.

    December 10, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. The watcher

    That's if there still are elections come that time...

    December 10, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. taydigga

    I find it funny how people talk about MLK being a registered Republican or how the Lincoln was one and how the Republicans were the ones shooting for civil rights back in the day. Get your facts straight. As far as civil rights and race goes, the parties basically switched idealogies after Lyndon B. Johnson signed the civil rights act in 1964. He said it himself that he knew he'd lose the southern democrats (racist) once he signed and you know what he was right. Most of them pretty much left and went to the Republican party. Byrd repented and even if he didn't isn't the face of the Democratic party. The fact is, more of the Republican voters are the ones who are racist. Look at where people vote and who they are. Older, white people especially in midwest and south or places that don't tend to have much diversity. It's a fact. Fiscal republicans are a minority to the conservative ones.

    December 10, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Repblican

    Republican and racism....are democrats joking? Is it not biden who made racist comment against indians...saying that he cannot visit any convenience store without seeing an deomocrats have poor memory or poor recognition power?

    December 10, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. philip

    in response to;

    Cynthia December 10th, 2008 6:05 pm ET

    He'd be awesome! Everything I've read about him is just what the GOP needs – some fresh, young blood. The GOP truly needs to be about reform and Jindal is another Governor who has a proven track record along with Palin. These governors both also have high approval ratings. The pendulum will eventually swing.

    Cynthia, are you kidding? Sarah Palin in the same league as Bobby Jindal? Jindal has a proven track record running a federal department and the state health department, on top of having a real education. Palin has just jumped from job to job without any serious accomplishments. Jindal is facing catastrohic problems in Louisiana and Palin's biggest accomplishment was to pretend she was sending money back to the federal government when she spent it on other un-needed projects. He is running his state and focusing on being re-elected. She is out campaigning for some unknown office/opportunity, what ever comes up, rather than doing the job she was elected to do. Oh, but isn't the Governor of Alaska a part-time position? All of these are why she will fail and hopefully implode.

    December 10, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Lin

    If he wants to be elected President 2012, he should switch to the Democratic Party. He has no chance with with Republican Caucus. They tend to be uneasy about inividuals who don't look and think like them.

    December 10, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Redneck for OBAMA

    Jindal is great, but he will not save the JOB. Palin-McCain went so racist and so rough this year that it really turned off all ethnicity. What President OBAMA is doing now is building an Administration that not only look like America, but looks like the world. Obama will indeed unite the nation and bring some normalcy and peace to the World. Caroline Kennedy will become President in 2016, people open your eyes and pay attention in 2024 an Asian or a Latino will become President followed by another Black and they will all be Democrats. Trust me by 2024 America moves closer and faster towards a race neutral society and Minority majority will be the new order of America. The perfect utopia is upon us.

    YES WE CAN- The GOP as a Good Ole boy clubs with Palin is over and only a Black or ethnic person will save it, but read my lips or writing, it will take 30 years for the GOP to regain Power!

    December 10, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  8. Lin

    If he wants to be elected President 2012, he should defect to the Democratic Party. He has no chance with with Republican Caucus. They tend to be uneasy about inividuals who don't look and think like them.

    December 10, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Perusing-Through

    Smart move Bobby. Don't do it.

    December 10, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. April


    December 10, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    So? That's what Obama said 4 years ago too.

    December 10, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. TheNewGenerationGOP

    In 2012 it will come down to a 3 way race between Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal. Here's how it wil end up Bobby Jindal will win the GOP nomination. Sarah Palin after coming so close to winning and doing a great job of changing her image (making it a lot smarter one and trust me she will find a way to do it. You do not mess will a women with guns) will be the VP. Mike Huckabee will be the 1st Pastor. Also the Republicans in the near future like a Jindal/Palin ticket because it would be a all around minorty ticket. If you think about it you else could take on Obama. Obama will be hard to beat even if he does a so so job to a good job. The only easy way Republicans can win the White House is if Obama becomes Jimmy Carter part 2.

    December 10, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. Sawber

    So? That's what Obama said 4 years ago too.

    December 10, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. AJ

    I would say this is smart. See how Obama does for a while and then make the decision. I would guess unless Obama does something foolish, any serious republican contenders would be better served waiting for 2016.

    December 10, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. Joe Fattal

    Not again. Didn't we just send to the White House a man to run this country and we don't even know that he his qualify to be elligible to become president as to his native born status. Now Jindal an Indian-American. I hope this time someone do their homework and find out if he is qualify before its to late. Going to the Supreme Court over Obama status was too late.

    December 10, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. SATISH C.D.

    I'm an Indian Ameican. I've been in the U.S. for 42 years and a citizen for 37 years. And I've seen enormous changes - for the better - in race relations during those 42 years. Despite its flaws, America is great country and a great democracy. And I'm proud to be an American. Therefore, it was a great day for America when Louisiana, a southern state with its history of segregation and other racial injustices, elected a non-white, Bobby Jindal, as Governor!

    Bobby is very bright and an astute politician, and as someone mentioned earlier, McCain would have done a lot better with Jindal than he did with Palin. Palin is a laughing stock; an entertainer, not presidential material. In my opinion, Bobby is definitely planning to run in 2012 (remember his recent trips to Iowa?), but cannot admit it until the time is right and the time is ripe - if Obama fares badly in his first term. Otherwise he'll wait until 2016. By that time he will have a lot of experience under his belt.

    However, I don't think the country is ready for another non-white (this time an Indian-American) President in the U.S, of A. which will still be a majority white country in 2016.

    December 10, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. Theresa

    Glad to see that GOP has Jindal to look forward to in 2016!!! Anybody BUT Palin. Until then...let OBAMA rule!

    December 11, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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