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. TyWebb

    Well, there's always "Joe The Plumber".

    December 10, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Vanessa

    Guess it depends on how well Obama does in his first term. Jindal is very ambitious, but not stupid...he will wait...patiently. He is not my cup of tea, so I would prefer he wait it out for a very long time.

    December 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    He's a right-winger and the nation has clearly indicated centrist preferences as of the 2008 election. He's wise to avoid a losing run.

    December 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Independent In NY

    Oh BARF!!!!!!!

    Can't we at least wait a couple of years before we start this up again?

    December 10, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Michael M. Noonan

    Hope he changes his mind. Very impressive guy.

    December 10, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Intellectual Eite

    He can't answer to anyone's satisfaction. If he says yes, then he's a lame-duck governor. If he says no then, according to the AP, he did not rule out changing his mind. What kind of journalism is the AP trying to sell here?

    December 10, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Linda

    Hope he changes his mind. This guy would do a great job.

    December 10, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Joe in MN

    He doesn't want to lose in 2012, and he's holding out for 2016.

    December 10, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. George

    Nobody is really interested now, at least before the new president takes office. In two years time, Bobby will be interested. Wait and see.

    December 10, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Chris

    Why not embrace a new President in a non-partisan fashion so we can FIX our "little" problem rather than act like a "Democrat" "stole" an election and continue to try to find people to battle them preventing anyone from getting anything done??

    I'd rather move in a direction (good or bad depending on viewpoint) than sit here pointing fingers and getting NOTHING done.

    December 10, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Proud marine

    This guy will give Obama a run for his money! He has done some
    really good things for Louisiana, turning losses into profit. Hmm...
    outsourcing the presidency might acutally be good for the country

    December 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Jason

    Seeing as this guy believes in demonic possession and the like, I'm glad he's staying away from the big races. We've got enough nuts in Washington already.

    December 10, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Minnesotan

    We just finished up elections last month (after an annoying 20+ months of campaigning, whining, finger pointing and lies) and already the Republicans are looking for a 'savior' to "transform the party's image?" How about the Republicans throw out their current image, as well as their failed policies (you know – the ones that started a false war and gave us the greatest economic disaster since the Depression), their crooked leaders, their sucking up to the religious right, their neo-con puppet masters and the stupid idea that they have any idea of how to run a country. Maybe then, they can re-invent themselves as something other than the party that protects big oil, big business, big execs, big lobbyists and ignores most Americans. Or maybe they should just go extinct, like they're trying to do to the Polar Bear. And if we have to choose between the two, I'd rather keep the Polar Bears....

    December 10, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. SKI

    If Jindal is any smart, he will not take his chance in 2012. He will wait for 2016 to enter the race for the POTUS. Wait and See.

    December 10, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Franky

    There's a lot of time for the Gov to decide what he wants to do, he's smart not just like any other of his colleagues.

    And by the way, he does have the potential to make a run, I have evidence. Even though he wasn't in the spotlight like Gov Palin or the Huckster, his soldiers do recognize who he is and what he is. He's no fluke...

    I think he does have what it takes but the way the environment is for the GOP, he's playing it smart. I would put my money on him to be the front runner but that's of course if he does in fact consider it or thought about it.

    December 10, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Brian N.

    I think Gov. Jindal represents the new face of the GOP. He would certainly make a great president.

    December 10, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Eyes

    Check out his position on abortion prior to encouraging Jindal run for presidency. He is 100% opposed to abortion so we are back to Sarah Palin's position.

    December 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. That Other Jerry

    Is there a journalism course that teachers reporters to ask questions with stupidly obvious answers? We just elected a new President with astronomical approval ratings, and he hasn't even taken office yet. How egomaniacal would Jindal have to be to openly say "Yeah, I'm going to take this guy down in four years." If he's half as smart as they say he is, he's going to lay low and wait to see if Obama does something stupid before 2012 (rather unlikely), or else he's going to bide his time until 2016 (much more likely). Meanwhile he's going to keep deflecting idiotic questions like this one.

    December 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Atlanta Dem

    My question is this: who cares? The 2008 election concluded just over a month ago and we're still 40 days from Obama taking the Presidential Oath of Office. Why are we even talking abou the 2012 general election so far in advance? There's a mid-term election in 2010 — can't we wait at least until then to worry about the next round of presidential primary candidates?

    December 10, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. dw

    It's too bad he couldn't have been the VP pick this year...

    December 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. chris @ stl

    Now, there's a gentleman among crazy republicans!

    December 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    ever thats is what everyone says until they can get thier team of folks and a strategy together....guranteed 2012 he will be running for president with Mittens and huckobee will be with falin palin

    December 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. LOL


    December 10, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. angel

    It's still early...i am sure this will change...

    December 10, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Jason

    This point in '04 Obama said he wasn't running in '08 either. Maybe we should leave all this speculation until at least early '10

    December 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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