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. jb1879

    Although I believe that Governor Jindal would make and outstanding President of The United States and with the Governor of Alaska as his running mate there is no way they could loose, I hope he continues to be Governor of Louisiana. He has done a lot for this state already and can do so much more to help the people of Louisiana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. J. J.

    "No" always means "Yes." That's the nature of politics.

    "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Anyone remember that?

    December 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Houston

    I guess this is good news to know, but really, who cares right now?

    December 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Laura

    When are the Repubs going to get it that just because he's 'ethnic,' that doesn't mean that he's the next Obama? They need to change their platform, not just get a face of color.

    December 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. brandon

    2016 or 2020 will be his time. Maybe he'll be someones VP in 2012.

    December 10, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. irishny

    Hopefully he runs.He is the sort of young politician that the Republican party needs to get their party up and running again

    December 10, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Parker

    Why do they have to headline this everytime Jindal says "No" he won't run for president. I think this like the 5th time in two months that they've head lined this. Old news is really exciting!

    December 10, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. DX in TX

    A Barack Obama type is rare in the politiics. He speaks to the hearts and minds of all Americans.
    Republicans will attempt to manufacture their version of a good leader and they will fail. Republicans attempted to make Sarah Palin into something she isn't and we see how well that worked out for them.
    Jindal you made the right decision.

    DX in TX

    December 10, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Buster

    Hmmm...first the Democrats had Hillary, so McCain tapped Palin. Now the GOP wants a dark skinned minority as their presidential candidate. Can you say "Follow the Leader" ?

    December 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    That's what they all say at first. Later, oh, well, maybe I will.

    I have nothing against Jindal personally, but, as a democrat, anyone who is anti-choice and pro-government interference in reproductive healthcare freaks me out!

    December 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Mike

    Who invited him to be President anyway???

    December 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Mesa Mick

    Works for me!
    I'm not interested in having another southern evangelical neocon being POTUS either...

    December 10, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Kimberly

    Of course he said no, DUH, he wont get re-elected in 2011 if he said he wants to run in 2012 for president. WHY IS THIS NEWS???? This so lame, did you think he would say YES??? GEEZ CNN...

    December 10, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Chris

    Hopefully he does change his mind, he's what the republican party should be about, not McCain.

    December 10, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. tara

    Liar liar pants on fire!!

    December 10, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. slowCNNnewsday

    one thing about a politician. tomorrow is another day and he'll flip-flop to what he really meant.

    December 10, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Anton

    Didn't Obama say no back in 2004 when he represented a fresh-faced hope for the Democrats? I guess we can't really be sure about anything and Jindal may simply be unsure about whether he would be ready and whether the situation would be appropriate.

    December 10, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |

    Barack '08, '12!!

    December 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Gerry in Va. for Obama.


    December 10, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. johnrj08

    There goes the Republican Party's hopes for another presidency until at least 2016.

    December 10, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Barack Turned Me Republican

    Your headline on the homepage and on this page for this article are misleading. Intentional?

    In the fifth paragraph, he said he could change his mind.

    Better headline: "Jindal Eyes SecondTerm; White House Possible."

    December 10, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Gary (Atlanta)

    Seriously....The President-Elect hasn't even been sworn in yet, and you're publishing articles on the 2012 election. Please – get a life.

    December 10, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Gil

    Rather have you than Sarah Palin or Hukabee.... at least you sound kinda normal!!! lmao

    December 10, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. janet, ohio

    If he truly does not want it, then he's the man for the job.

    December 10, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. James Owens

    This a non-news story. Bush is still the president and we're discussing Jindal? I don't plan on running in '12 either but you don't see me making a big to-do.

    December 10, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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