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. B. Stevens


    December 10, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Walt, Belton,TX

    Wonderful!! Good news for a change.

    December 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Lori

    What is Jindal doing on the other side?? There is no way that the Republican party that consists of insecure old, white men who feel THREATENED by diversity would ever vote for an Indian man on the national ticket. Jindal, you're too smart to be with that party. Join the party where people probably aren't using racial slurs behind your back. The Democratic party is filled with diversity (white, black, Latinos, Asians, etc) and appeals to a fresh new generation that embraces all and that want the best for America. Leave the Republican party to people like Palin and George W who have soon to be extinct ideas about America and Americans.

    December 10, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Mavericky

    I guess he sees his opportunity after 2012, smart guy.

    December 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Maybe Bobby Jindal can read the writing on the wall.

    December 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. deure

    of course he's interested. he's a politician.

    December 10, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Chris

    We haven't even had the 2009 inauguration yet. WHY ARE PEOPLE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT 2012. A two year campaign was long enough but remember it started after 6 years of a really unpopular and controversial President. Why are people already thinking about running against somebody who hasn't been President yet?

    December 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Eric

    I wish he would run for President, thats who i want to run Republican party, i hope he changes his mind.

    December 10, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Lee

    He's lying. What else is new? If he thinks he can pull it off and the conditions are right, he'll do it.

    December 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. jay

    yeah right!!!!!!!!!!! that is what Obama said when he frist came to the senate.

    December 10, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Jeffrey, Salt Lake City

    I recall hearing the same disinterest from another prominent young star of a party, who just so happens to be the President-elect.

    Jindal is young and smart. He will wait to see how President-elect Obama's first term will progress before making any decisions on 2012. A good first term means that the Republican would have a difficult time running for the office. Jindal is still young and can wait until 2016 or beyond to make a bid for the White House.

    December 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Chad

    This is not that surprising. Obama said he wasnt running how many hundreds of times. I truly think its too early to be thinking about this. Im not a fan of Obama's but we shouldnt be already discussing 2012, lets all focus our energies on fixing our country now instead of positioning for who could be the next leader in 4 years. I point a finger of shame at the media for making politics nothing more than a rating grabber for all time.

    December 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Gracie

    THIS FOOL is not fooling anyone. He's playing the "I'm not interested" game.

    The GOP is really stuck on stupid if they think Jindal is the Best of the Best.....

    Jesus, it's no wonder the Republicans are proving themselves to be nothing but a bunch of self-absorbed idiots!!!!

    December 10, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. hrh

    Maybe because his exorcism abilities don't extend beyond party lines?

    December 10, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. KJL

    From what I've seen, the Republicans wouldn't know what to do with an intelligent person who isn't some kind of religious zealot.

    December 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Flex

    Jindal is a right-wing religious bigot. There isn't anything new about the Republican party.

    December 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Bored

    What a waste of time to report this. The election is 4 years away!!! These denials are routine and meaningless!!!

    December 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Nick

    I hope he runs. There's too many racists in the GOP base to ever elect him so he'd be an easy candidate for Obama to beat.

    December 10, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    He must have consulted with Joe the Plumber.

    December 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. paul

    Well yes, he is not interested in it at this time and like any one who knows what might change how you feel 3 or 4 years from now.

    The fact is Obama might screw up this country so bad almost any one would be able to beat him in 2012.

    I don’t see him as a republican but he is a conservative and for that reason he be one of the best people for the job.

    December 10, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Once you vote Black

    Thats cause he knows better. LA problems were easy to see, but this cat has no national vision. GOP want so much to get back in office, but they will have to do the hard work of understanding why they lost first. With Palin, The MaHa Rushie, Hanity, and Joe the Plummer in the forefront Big Daddy O will finish his term and hand it off to Hillary or who ever is next. GOP: Intrespection is needed.

    December 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Mike in NYC

    Looks like the GOP will have to find another non-white to run in 2012.

    Expect heavy duty Repub "minority outreach" to begin soon, while their white base is still wondering why McCain all but handed them over to the Dems.

    December 10, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Nick

    Do any of you (especially CNN and the author of this story) realize that the president who we JUST elected not a month ago HASN'T EVEN TAKEN OFFICE YET???? AND that we are just coming off of the longest presidential race in the HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY????? CAN WE GIVE IT A REST FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN 3 WEEKS?

    December 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Melissa

    Lori, republicans do not look at skin color or ethnicity like you liberals do when choosing a leader. We don't care about the color of their skin as long as they have strong conservative principals: limited government, secure borders, strong national security, etc. It is liberals like you who look at race as a qualification and who use racial slurs. Most of the nasty stuff that came out during the primaries about Obama was by the Clinton machine. Jindal is the face of conservatism. He may be the next Ronald Reagan who will save us from this currupt liberal machine we have now running everything in Washington. Oh, and Lori, we did have a woman on the ticket and look how the sexist liberal media treated her.

    December 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Mike

    So now we're starting the election season 4 years early??
    Who cares if he wants to run for president...We haven't even sworn in the new one yet!

    December 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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