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. lynnej from lattimore, nc

    The GOP still think people are idiots. it isn't what people look like in regards to ethnicity. It is the message and what they do to convey that message that matters.

    The message of the GOP in regards to me means for me to fend for myself and not look for them for help. They push that responsibility on the faith-based organizations which I do know won't help.

    It is the message and what you do that matters, not the messenger.

    December 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Jimmy Ortega

    He would make a great president! Go Bobby!

    December 10, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Lisa V

    I do not know too much about this person, but all I know is when Obama ran, there were many, many blatantly racist comments from the right being made about him. It would be interesting to see how they react to Jindall. What would prevail? Him being a Republican, or would they still react negatively due to his race?

    December 10, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Mike S. New Orleans

    Jindal is a master politician. By campaigning on the non-campaign promise that he is not campaigning, he is raising his profile for the next presidential campaign.

    As director of Louisiana's health and human services, then later congressman, Jindal has done little except to move the state from 49th to 50th in most economic and social categories.

    I'm not sure he would have much substance to campaign on other than his visit to a radical right wing organization in Iowa.

    December 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Davey in Denver

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if Jindal actually runs in 2012? Then the "base" (aptly named) of the Republican party will have to confront it's bigotry head-on....either vote for the Indian guy, or stay home (since they will surely never vote for a democrat). It would be the lowest turnout ever for a Presidential election, and in a very real sense....the "silence" on election day would truly be louder than words.

    December 10, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. barrett hays

    He would be a good President for the USA. It's so early to set one sights so far ahead. It's one President at a time. Lets finish the Bush Presidency and then it's on to the Obama Presidency, and if he does a fabulous job as I am sure that he will, then it's four more glorious years. Only the future can tell, so everyone better do a good job of where they are at. Bobby knows this.

    December 10, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. wait a minute

    I hope Governor Jindal will change his mind in 2012.

    December 10, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. gerry

    I guess Jindal recognized that not even he can exorcise the GOP

    December 10, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. chris from stl

    Now, there's a gentleman among the republican crazies ....

    December 10, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Candace

    oh for godsakes. can campaign season end now? please?

    December 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Lee

    Reminds me of the times when Obama and Hillary both said better 2006 -2007 they were not going to run for president. Lets see what Jindal says in 2011 when the Republican pre-primary season starts to kick up.

    December 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Lee

    Reminds me of the times when Obama and Hillary both said between 2006 -2007 they were not going to run for president. Lets see what Jindal says in 2011 when the Republican pre-primary season starts to kick up.

    December 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Kat

    Isn't it a bit early to be seriously talking about 2012? Let's give it a break....please.

    December 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Truth

    Anyone who considers Jindal a worthy politician AND knows that he has performed an exorcism (or just the fact that he believes in them) is a complete fool.

    This guy is a superstitious nut case.

    December 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. NW

    Just find this rather interesting: he is a "Big Republican" now? What was Bobby before Obama won the election?

    December 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Marie

    Wth Louisiana at the bottom of every poll, why would anyone vote for a Governor from such a State? If this is the best the GOP has to offer, then it will be a Democratic White House and Congress for eternity.

    December 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. jerseyneil

    Jindal is too smart to be rushed to defeat. Obama appears to a two-term President by his landslide victory. 2012 is not the best time, unless Obama totally screws up in the next two years. Best to wait til 2016. Plus, Jindal is only 36 yrs. old. He needs time to grow some facial hair.

    Plus, LA. has tons of problems that will keep anybody busy for a lifetime. That will keep Jindal busy. I would love to see a debate between Obama and Jindal, two intellectuals with very different views on politics. The Harvard lawyer v. the Rhodes scholar. Both are exceptionally bright, charismatic, and articulate. Its like a heavyweight fight card (Ali v. Frasier).

    December 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    You know, I like this Jindal guy. I don't if he's done good for louisiana, but I like what I hear and see out of this guy. Anyone from louisiana know anything? If so, do inform.

    December 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. lucy

    Wow! That is disappointing. He is the shining star of the Republican party!

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

    Jindal is a wolf in sheep's skin. He is anti stem cell research, anti environment, anti gay rights, and anti government spending even during a recession. If you want the Bush years back, he is better than McCain.

    December 10, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Jindal is being smart. If he said he was interested now, everyone would want him to run in 2012. No need to run and lose against Obama in 2012; wait for 2016 and then take a shot at it.

    December 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. HelpAmerica

    I am from Louisiana. The only reason Bobby Jindal won is because he graduated from LSU. Outside of Louisiana, Republicans are not going to vote for Jindal. Let's face it Republicans cannot elect a minority on a national or state level. If you think I am wrong. Name one that has won a national or state seat. Steele, Lynn Swain to name a few that could not win on a state level.
    Now look at the democratic party: A biracial President that identifies himself as African American, 2 African American Governors, and 1 Hispanic Governor. I call this progress

    December 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Alex

    As a Republican, I give Jindall alot of credit for being bright and knowing when to say say. Who in their right mind would want to lead the Republican Party until we get rid of the extremist idiots and idealists who only want their agendas pushed and not what the majority wants and stands for? Republicans need to clean up their backyard and get rid of the carpetbaggers who have dragged our party through the mud. You don't have to be have a degree in Astrophysics to know who I'm talking about either.

    December 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |



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

    Everyone is entitled to change their mind. Four years is a long ways away and by then he will have come around. The Republicans definitely need him and Democrats will see him as an alternative to Hillary or Obama.

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