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. Lawrence of Sinking Spring

    This guy is good! America can use people like him. Maybe in 2016 after President Obama leaves office.

    December 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. A Dissatisfied Customer, Lake Forest CA

    Would it be possible to let the new guy take office before we start talking about 2012?

    December 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. PoliticoMike


    December 10, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Da LB

    Jindal has officially said he will not run in 2012.......confirming that he is definately going to be in the 2012 republican primary.

    December 10, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. scott

    Would someone please explain to me why this is an issue right now. I was born when Eisenhower was president, and I've never seen this kind of far-reaching speculation before. Let's inaugurate our next president before people start discussing this. Can I get an Amen!

    December 10, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Andrew

    Probably a wise decision, rather than getting involved 2012 when Obama is probably fav to get re-elected. He can hold off till 2016 and probably have quite a good chance.

    December 10, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Jackie in Dallas

    Gee, I wonder if that is a real "no" or a coy "no"? Jindal doesn't seem like the coy type from what I've seen. He also is young, ethnically diverse, and not obviously in the pocket of big business, so probably doesn't have a chance at the Republican nomination, anyway.

    December 10, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Doug

    Jindal is so slick and slimy that he makes entering politics look like going to church. He talks so fast that you can't understand him and everything he says is the old tired republican line.

    And on this particular subject...he's a liar. He was all over the airwaves and on TV during the recent campaign. His motive? To increase his stock for 2012. Sure, he want to be reelected in 2011, but he'll run for president against that other republican heavyweight, Sarah Palin. Boy, how the mighty GOP has fallen.

    December 10, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Vinders

    Good, he should stay in Louisiana..he seems like an able governor, not a great president

    December 10, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth


    December 10, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. ANGIE


    December 10, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Phoenix

    Too bad, he was the only qualified individual on the Republican List.

    December 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Scott, Lexington KY

    Good grief – what is the media obsession with talking about 2012 and throwing around names!??

    We don't even have the President Elect sworn in yet. People – CHILL.

    December 10, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. William

    Of course Jindal has no interest in running for President as a Republican at this time. He's from Louisiana and is a progressive Republican. He'd get no support from the current ultra-right wing GOP. He has to wait until the GOP remakes itself. Then maybe we moderate progressives will be able to vote republican again.

    December 10, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Who cares Obama will win anyway

    December 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. FlippingA

    Who cares about Republicans?!

    Take an 8 year vacation why don't-cha? (wink~)

    December 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Bill

    How disappointing.

    December 10, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. SLBRK

    Bobby Jindal has been the best thing to happen to Louisiana politics in a LONG time! He has made an impact for the better in our state already. Although I want to keep him here it LA., it would be great to see him in the White House someday.

    December 10, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Jera

    We don't even have a new president yet and we are already thinking about the next one. Lets give Obama a chance at least.

    December 10, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. GP

    Bobby Jindal is indeed a bright star in the GOP.

    He has done wonders in Louisiana. The only pick is his age, he's still under 40. But past that, Jindal is an amazing Governor, with a whole lot of accomplishment.

    Personally, I would love for Governor Sarah Palin pick Bobby after she wins the Republican nomination in 2012 as her VP. That combination would be unbeatable.

    December 10, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. JimmyTX

    Is this the same ultra-right-wing Bobby Jindal who used to participate in exorcisms? This guy couldn't get elected dogcatcher outside the South. He never had a chance of winning the Republican nomination; he'd make Mike Huckabee seem like a reasonable choice.

    December 10, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. markie

    I wonder if the Democrats hadn't elected the first African American, if this man would even be considered. It is about time that the two major political parties realize that they need to include all races.

    December 10, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Max Pargament

    THE FREAKIN 2008 PRESIDENT ELECT ISN'T EVEN IN OFFICE YET. WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT 2012? Why dont republicans stop focusing on winning in the future, and focus on this country's problems at the present.

    December 10, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Kid Midnight

    Jindal's distinterest in the Presidency can be taken with a grain of salt. One does not become a governor by lacking in personal ambition.

    The nation may not survive another Conservative Republican Presidency. The highly self-destructive and dysfunctional Age of Conservatism is ending, thank God. It began with Nixon and will end in January, and none too soon. May this nation never have another Republican President.

    December 10, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    The country is having a hard enough time accepting an African-American President, are we really ready for an Indian President? Especially with all the animosity over outsourcing jobs to India. Good call by Jindal.

    December 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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