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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soundoff (342 Responses)
  1. Madman

    He probably thinks reprising his childhood role as Hodji on Johnny Quest would be more lucrative.

    December 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. John

    Now hiring: Any token minority that would like to run for POTUS on the republican ticket in 2012 with Sarah Palin please send application to the RNC. Experience, ability to speak *proper* english, knowledge about politics or policy not required. Must be able to read a teleprompter, remember talking points, and serve as a alternative to Obama for the minority vote.

    December 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Ron

    The guy is smart. He is going to build his resume and keep people talking about him. That generates more interest. He will eventually say 'yes – I have decided to run becuase the country needs me' when he thinks his chances are good. In any event it is too early for any polititcian to say I am going to run four years later. Even Sarah Palin does not confirm it. I would suppose he would like to run for re-election first and have the govership – just in case he does not make it through

    December 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Missy M

    Well, there's still plenty of time for him to change his mind. A thought though .... when the good, honest politicians – the ones we want to see in office – refuse to run for president, it says something about our country and the way we treat good candidates.

    December 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. The media is starving

    They went from being read and watched 24 hours a day to maybe 30 minutes and now they'll report on anything and everything to alleviate the emptiness. Even if it means trying to find an excuse to cover the next Presidential election before the current one is even sworn in.

    December 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Susan


    December 10, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. J.Wallace

    If things go as they seem they will with Obama ...Jindal should not have to difficult a time beating him ....Obama came up in the worst political machine in the country and I suspect that a good many of people close to him who swam in those waters are going to find themselves involved in scandal after scandal and it may lead right to him at some point but in any case there will be enough over the next 4 years that re election may prove to be difficult

    December 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Craig a Texas Democrat

    Well thats good we are not interested in him being our President.

    December 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Can't blame Jindal. Katrina would destroy him.

    December 10, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Craig a Texas Democrat

    The GOP represents the old South of rednecks and racist. They would never wont a non-white person representing the grand ole party=KKK

    December 10, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Sortz

    Bobby Jindal was borne Piyush Jindal on 7-10-71 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While his parents were Indian immigrants, being born on US soil he has naturalization status to run for POTUS if he wants.

    Source, Wikipedia.

    December 10, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |

    keep dreaming you will see the south rise against you

    December 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Allen

    Good, because this guy is incredibly crazy. To think he's a product of Brown University, it's a wonder they haven't disowned him yet.

    December 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Jindal/Palin

    That's the ticket for 2012. Obama will fail to revive the economy and consequently suffer the consequences by not being re-elected.

    December 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Simmy

    They are already courting Michael Steele, and attempting to make him the Republican's 'Obama.' I guess when it comes to the Right, black is the new white.

    December 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. Sakura

    As a Democrat, a hardcore Obama supporter, and a Political Science major at UC San Diego, I say Jindal would be an awesome choice for the Republicans. I personally would be supporting Obama then still, but he'll bring more to the table than John McCain or that idiot Palin ever will.

    And let's stop the party separation bull and try to figure out what would be best to build our economy, find a solution to healthcare, reduce crime, and make America the respected country it used to be!!

    December 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Jordan

    to be honest, this is kind of depressing. Is running a minority candidate the only way to win an election these days? Running this guy would be nothing more than a "look at us! we celebrate diversity!" scheme. Instead, lets focus on principles and policies.

    I am scared for the future of this country.

    December 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |

    Who cares about this guy when you have millions of people losing their jobs!!

    The Republican are again selling out the people and workers by not supporting the auto bailout for polictical reasons. Stop the right wing Republicans from blocking America's progress!!

    December 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. CTowers


    You got is wrong!!!!

    Did you mean to say, that the out going president Bush has "screw up this country so bad" that it going to take a miracle for president elect Obama to fix it – all the mess Bush is leaving as he run to greener pasture.

    December 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Denise Groves

    Well, there goes the GOP's chance of a non white Presidential candidate

    December 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Jim D. in Costa Mesa


    December 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. chuck


    December 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Baze

    Good, cuz we're not interested in voting for him.

    December 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. Nestor

    Charlie Crist would be McCain redux. Moderates will not win the White House for the GOP. Jindal is the best candidate for the GOP in 2012, at least right now. But it's so far away that there's no telling who will be there then. Maybe Palin, but she already has a lot of people who hate her. Once Obama screws the country up for about two years, Americans will be clamoring for REAL change. Then in comes Jindal, who will actually have a record of change in Louisiana by that time unlike Obama, whose record is "Present".

    December 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. rod gonzalez

    We just got through a grueling presidential race. Yes, grueling for everyone. Give it a rest. WHO CARES about Jindal right now? Let's see what THIS president does to get us out of Bush's mess!

    December 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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