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. Patrick

    That's what Obama said too

    December 10, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Jeff in Illinois

    He knows not to waste his time until 2016.

    December 10, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Cindy

    no guts no glory... just kidding. He's just being honest, he's not ready for it. It's a good trait and I admire him for it. Unlike others, like... Sarah Palin, who doesn't blink...

    December 10, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Sherrol in Canada

    It's good that you're keeping your options open Bobby as your party needs you to help it rebuild.

    Promise however, if Ms Palin throws her hat in, you will also. Your party will surely lose if she wins the domnination.

    I'm not saying Pres-elect Obama will lose, but your party's chances would be better with you running.

    December 10, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. RZA

    That last line was the only one worth reading- because the party's image? After Palin? It's looking kinda shaky lately.

    December 10, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. No2GOPGimmicks

    Ha ha... Barrack said no too, at first.

    It's only when people keep hyping you up to the point that your ego gets inflated and you start believing your own hype. THEN, you feel absolutley worthy of running for President.

    This is what happened with Barrack and is what's happening with Palin.

    December 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. obama-mama

    There is just too much going on at one time.

    December 10, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Rockford

    Yea... but did you know...

    "A discrepancy did emerge between Obama's statements and one made by his top adviser David Axelrod. Axelrod told FOX News Chicago on Nov. 23: "I know he's talked to the governor, and there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."

    But Axelrod retracted the remark Tuesday, issuing a statement saying: "I was mistaken. ... They did not then or at any time discuss the subject."

    Oh this is fun stuff... funny how the people Obama selects can't remember one day to the next... inspires confidence doesn't it?
    Corruption we can believe in!... old Chicago Machine saying!

    December 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Joe PA

    Obama said the same thing after the 2004 convention.

    December 10, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Jon

    Jindal never had a shot at the GOP nomination anyway. You might as well run a story about how Barney the Dinosaur also won't run for president on the GOP ticket in 2012.

    December 10, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Chris Vachon

    Whatever happened to literacy in journalism? "Jindal" and "Jindall"; "...has his SIGHTS set on..." I know the news cycle is rapidly approaching 24 hours but, please, proofread!

    December 10, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Ethelred the Unready

    The USA has no need of any more Conservatives in the Presidency. The last three we have elected (Reagan, Bush, Bush) have almost destroyed the country. Let Gov. Jindal seek private employment and let Louisiana elect a competent Liberal to try and pull that state out of its current condition.

    December 10, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Helene

    Who cares ? We just elected one. Can we wait a few years ????

    December 10, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Shucks

    Let the newly elected President do his job before we have to listen to more republican rhetoric. The country had enough already. November 4th told this country alot of things. First of all, we really don't care what the republicans think until they get their act together and consider all of Americans as equal. Not just those who fit their little generic christian mold.

    December 10, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. William-Jose

    We Republicans have to be smart. Obama will probably get reelected, and winning against someone like Jindal would probably hinder his political future. Let him be, at least for the next two terms. A lot could happen by then.

    December 10, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. truth hurts

    from what we know about jindal at this time, he seems the best choice for the republicans.

    December 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Grog in Ohio

    (snort)... It's hard to imagine the bulk of the right wing nutcases in the Republican party actually voting for someone that does not look like them. Let's ask Ken Blackwell how his Ohio gubernatorial race turned out. Good luck, Mr. Jindal.... Hope your citizenship papers are impeccable.

    41 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    December 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. curious

    Good, that clears the way for Ron Paul

    December 10, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. chris

    please don't run American will be depressed about you

    December 10, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Bubba

    See? I told you he was smart!

    December 10, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Guess Who Must Come To Dinner ... Sooner or Later?

    I'm just gonna give it to the Republicans straight.

    The party comes off as too wedded to "white only" issues. It has a problem with how it treats and embraces African Americans that has an impact on how all races see the GOP.

    The diatribes GOP'ers hurl at blacks impact how Hispanics see the party. When latinos see selective bias they mistrust the GOP even if that bias is only against blacks and not themselves. The question in the mind is ... when will they get around to disrespecting me?

    Bobby Jindal's skintone may be swarthy ... in facr, darker than some "black" Americans .... but picking him as the party's standard bearer won't address the deficiency that most Americans see.

    A candidate of east India descent does not wash away years of the Republican's racially tinged politics againts blacks. The path to a future for the GOP is to deal with it head on.

    Now, the Democrats could nominate an east Indian and be viewed as an inclusive party. The GOP hasn't earned that yet.

    December 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Peggy

    I guess he wants to keep his lovely black hair.
    Pres Clinton, had such beautiful hair, and in no time it went white,
    like Pre Elec Obama, his hair is turning white already, and he is not
    even in the WHITE HOUSE. Oooops, the hair goes with the colour of the White House.

    December 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. blahblah

    the republicans just don't get it! it's going to take a lot more than simply having a young, attractive woman or a man of color to reform their party. wake up!

    December 10, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Trina

    Does this clear the way for that nut from Alaska? She is SO NOT qualified! You would think that would stop her.

    December 10, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Mike Dallas

    Republicspeak for "You betcha' I am in for 2012"

    December 10, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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