February 25th, 2009
08:59 AM ET
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In GOP response, Jindal calls stimulus 'irresponsible'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/24/sotn.jindal.speech/art.jindal.01.pool.jpg caption="Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gives the GOP response to President Obama's address Tuesday."]

(CNN) - Tapped by the Republican party to deliver the GOP's response to President Barack Obama's congressional address Tuesday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took on the massive stimulus package and big government - and pledged that his party would regain the nation's trust.

Watch: Jindal responds to Obama

"In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government," Jindal said. "We oppose the national Democratic view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, to empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.

"In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear - our party got away from its principles. Tonight, on behalf of our leaders in Congress and my fellow Republican governors, I say this: Our party is determined to regain your trust," Jindal said.

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  1. Cathy

    Is he the very best the GOP can produce? The DEMs are sure to be there for another 100 years...

    He sounded like a story T E L L E R .

    He is no C O M P E T I T I O N.

    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. tim in carroll

    Even though the American people clearly want CHANGE in Washington – The GOP will not change!

    They will continue to be the IRRESPONSIBLE party that wants us to believe that if we just give money and tax breaks to their wealthy contributors, that the country will be better off.

    They will continue to play political games with our lives rather than working on solutions to the IRRESPONSIBLE economic mess that THEY IRRESPONSIBLY enabled to happen!

    And they will continue to march out "image" political hacks like Jindal, Palin, Romney, Huckabee, etc. – in a pathetic attempt to convince us that they deserve our votes after their IRRESPONSIBLE political philosophy is responsible for the mess we're in!!!

    Republicans, you will have INPUT in the bipartisan CHANGE that President Obama has brought to Washington – with the enthusiastic support of the American people! But, do not confuse AGREEMENT with input.

    If you input is nothing more than your IRRESPONSIBLE policies of the past, then the American people are more than willing to move forward – without you!

    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Wake Me Up When....


    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Rod

    To Splurge...

    Better yet, let's treat Jindal how YOU would treat PRESIDENT Obama. What is it with you Republicans?!!! Do none of you understand the meaning of the word "hypocrit?" Or do y'all just not care.

    February 25, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Ron

    Now I see why the GOP refuses to put money into education. The GOP is the party of rednecks and the uneducated. God help us if these people ever get get put back into power.

    February 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Meg

    So where we agree, Republicans must be the president's strongest partners," he said. "And where we disagree, Republicans have a responsibility to be candid and offer better ideas for a path forward."


    February 25, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Ex-Republican Gal

    The saddest part about this is that I don't think the Republicans realize how pathetic Jindal looked and how clueless they look to the majority of the public. Besides talking down to his audience, Jindal offered up no solutions except more tax cuts. How can he say that straight faced considering what the Republicans have done to this country? The crazy notions that it all happened the past two years by the Democrats is even more ludicrous since they did not have a majority in the Senate. They don't get it and are quickly self-destructing.

    February 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. raagos



    February 25, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Chris - Seattle

    Listening to this guy just totally took the wind out of my sails last night! He even called President Obama's speech, the "State of the Union", which it wasn't! I had to watch Obama all over again just to get amped again! If these are the type of Repugnicans that are supposedly running in 2012, they don't have a snowballs chance in hades!

    February 25, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. FAYE, NV

    When no one was watching that is when things got out of hand. These big business should be accountable to someone other than CEO's. The American People have been robbed because government was not concerned about these business crooked deals and wasteful spending.

    If the Repubs thinks it is okay for AIG, Banks, Autos etc... to take from the poor and continue line their pockets with the less fortune the prehaps the repubs can buy a clue. Business should earn monies and live a nice life; however, not robbing the poor to do so.

    ...If a man don't work, he don't eat... I agree with this, but when people have been deceived by loan officers and bankers then who at fault. Government should hold and watch for fairness. Therefore, Bobby and the repubs need to wake up and see there is a fine line.

    CNN please post.

    February 25, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Dayahka

    Jindal was pathetic–and his speech even worse. He did not respond to Obama–he merely re-iterated slogans and catch phrases totally irrelevant to the situation, and his ideas, like keeping gas prices low so people could continue their drive-drive-drive lifestyles were ridiculous. Then he talked about not dismantling the military, as if anyone ever suggested that, implying that if anyone doesn't give the military whatever they want then they're dismantling it. So I suppose McCain's opposition to those new helicopters and any attempt to reign in the obese Pentagon and its constant cost overruns are also attempts to dismantle the military? Anyway, Jindal appeared as quite unintelligent, poorly prepared, sorely lacking in knowledge, and certainly not a person with any serious national possibilities. He made Sarah Palin look like a genius.

    February 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. 2pacolypse Now

    If this is the best the GOP could do in a rebuttal, 2010 will be even more of a whitewash than 2008 was. My goodness, Jindal made Sarah Palin look like the top cat heading into 2012 because I know neocons are not gonna rally behind him not only because he can't hardly excite anyone's base, but to roll him out, a man of color, to rebute Obama, another man of color was as transparent as their picking of Michael Steele to head the RNC and nobody drinking what you've stirred up.

    February 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Ron

    and another thing. If your name is Sundeep, Anoop, or Piyush. You can't just pick a name out of hat because it sounds more American. It's disingenuous.

    February 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Todd

    This dude was terrible – hes speech was gutteral, he appeared tiny, and ill-prepared in the thought provoking department. If this is what the Repbulican party has in store, the old saying, "move over bacon, something leaner is better" will never apply here.

    What are the Republicans thinking – The dems have Hillary – we need a woman (enter stage left Sarah Palin), OMG the dems have Obama (enter stage left) Bobby Jindal. Being female and a person of color does not make the Republican part relevant and they just can't see that. I guess now they can sit and ask themselves, just what did we win afterall when we stole the election from the Democrates so long ago?

    February 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. hopeles, chicago

    This guy is a "throw away republican". The old white republicans couldnt "lower" themselves to beg for redemption.

    I think bobbi should take whatever $$$$ he can and spend it rehabbing his hurricane destroyed state

    February 25, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Jindal's Like Palin

    I'd heard Jindal was smart. But his cliches, smirking delivery, and phony tone of voice reminded me Sarah Palin's winks. Jindal definitely under-performed.

    February 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Matt in VA

    Interesting he is still taking almost ALL of the money from the bill.

    February 25, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Drip, Drip, Drip

    The GOP is running on the words of Ronald Reagan and have been for years. Ronald Reagan was president 20 years ago. Give it up. Out with the old, in with the new... the world has changed. You can't just put black and brown faces on tv and pretend your message is new. It's not. The GOP hasn't had a new idea since Ronald Reagan and newsflash, he's gone.

    Join the 21st century and come up with something new. I know that's going to be a stretch since all you they think about are was to continue to be greedy. On second thought, keep your same antiquated ideas, I'm voting for Obama in 2012 anyway.

    February 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Justin

    Just a few thoughts on BJ:

    1. If he were a Democrat, rather than looking at substance, Republicans would point out that (a) his real name isn't Bobby, and (b) he can't prove he's actually an American citizen, therefore probably a terrorist.

    2. As some have pointed out, the Gulf Coast is still somewhat in shambles – crime is high, and many areas are still devastated by Katrina. I have seen little improvement from my trips in 2007 (before his election) and 2008-2009 (since he's been in office). He owns that problem and so far I haven't seen him do much to fix it.

    3. Related to that, Louisiana is a perfect example of how federal funds can help. Ask someone from LA, and they'll tell you, you wouldn't know the country's in a recession – because they've been getting hundreds of millions in aid since Katrina.

    4. BJ "opposes" the stimulus but he's taking the money. I don't think that counts as opposition in the traditionally understood sense of the term.

    5. BJ, a self-proclaimed "fiscal conservative" pledged to oppose legislative pay raises if elected governor. Once elected, he refused to veto the Louisiana state legislature's efforts to DOUBLE its pay because...ready for this? He didn't want to risk the legislature cooperating with his own agenda.

    The new face of the Republican party is looking an awful lot like the old one.

    February 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. virginia for obama






    February 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Citizen

    Well that cinches it. Jindal is just as stupid as Palin and Bush.

    February 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Kwesoe

    Jindal is actually a democrat in republican clothing. Republicans suspect him of this and that was why they asked him to give the response last night. He failed misreably. It is difficult to live two lives!

    February 25, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Jason

    Understand this....Your party........lost the election. He doesn't have to do things "your way". shut it down and give him a shot...and the "We don't need the money" crap you are pulling...no more Katrina survivors who need help in your state are there?

    February 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. George in NM

    If Jindal is the future of the GOP, think then Republicans are in huge trouble. This man came across as a total amatuer, completely devoid of any credibility and had zero appeal. I expected him at any minute to start hawking used televisions. Really do think that Repubs actually used him as a sacrafial lamb, hoping that his lame speech might actually appeal to desperate GOP constituents in dire need of validation_he failed miserably, in fact it was he was total embaressment to the people of Louisana.

    February 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Horace

    Sorry Jindal. This is the major league and you sound like a high schooler. I still dont believe I lived to see the day when the Republican Party's stars are a black man, an Indian and a Woman! The only thing they only have to add to their party now are Gays and Lesbians! Oh no they already have Cantor, Rush and Buehner. This guys are pitiful!!!

    February 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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