February 25th, 2009
08:59 AM ET
14 years ago

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. April in Texas

    I for one have been guilty of refering to the GOP as the Grand Old Party but I may need to rethink that after listening to Gov Jindal last night... Are there any real adults still in the republican party? I felt I was listening to a child speak to me as if I were a child. I keep hearing republicans say we will listen if you have good ideas and sadly good ideas to them are only those they agree with. It seems republicans cry and take their toys and go home if the ideas are not what they want to hear. Can the republican party please grow up.....

    February 25, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. AFAM

    JInda and sarah palin in 2010.The republicans are so predictable.lol.what a joke. sarah palin would probably win because of her ignorant voters.i am black and bobby jindal didnt make no sense.he should be voted out of offices.he put politics over his people.i dont care if you are a democrat or a republican.if you put politics over your people you should be either impeached or voted out of office. i am going into politics to teach this clowns how is done.i really believe we should have the word elect in everything.from pres to senate to rep.just to remind them who brought them into office.the people.

    February 25, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Drip, 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 they just think about themselves, the greedy pigs. On second thought, keep your same antiquated ideas, I'm voting for Obama in 2012 anyway.

    February 25, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Mary

    And I'd call Jindals "rebuttal" horrible.

    He sounded like a delusional Mr. Rogers.

    February 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Chris

    What was up with the line about "something called volcano monitoring"? Seems to me that volcano monitoring is a pretty good investment, given the amount of damage an unexpected eruption can cause.

    February 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Gary

    Of course we gotta borrow the money you fool. The last eight years you spent everything we had in the bank.
    I don't know if I felt more like I was in first grade or Mr Rogers neighborhood.!

    February 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Jindel is Hollow

    He has a better chance of becoming president in India than he has here. His message is hollow and so is his party.

    Make the lambs stop crying....talk about torture.

    February 25, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Moody

    That was a horrible Republican response. Wow he really thinks thats Americans are that dumb to believe that volcano monitoring isnt important.... And if he keeps saying high speed rail from Disneyland to Vegas....Its from LA to Vegas and would stimulate millions of dollars for the economy. Obama is going to call him out on his stupidity.... publicly.

    And to say your not going to accept unemployment stimulus to help the suffering people of your state... thats disgusting to play politics when your people are losing their jobs and homes and cant afford food.

    February 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Honest Abe

    Lot's of questions about this guy:

    Was he born in the US?
    Is it true he is a converted muslim and now a catholic?
    Did he change his name? I like Ricky Bobby better.
    Is this guy for real?

    February 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Blue is my favourite colour

    The list of GOP leader hopefuls is growing thinner by the minute. Why didn't they just set Palin up to do the response–oh, that's right, she's losing credibility by the second. If they chose to showcase Jindal's rebuttal and political talents with this move, then they have shoved themselves further into the hole.

    Also, in keeping with GOP tradition, he lied and misled–Louisianna did take money from the feds, and are still likely taking money for the continued recovery. His refusal of the stimulus money will only drag out the recover effort of Katrina–and hasn't it gone on long enough? This is nothing but grand-standing, and he frankly isn't good at it. I'm glad I heard him talk, because I'll know next time to ignore him. How pathetic.

    February 25, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. art

    Don't be fooled people. Bobby cares only about himself.
    If he really wants to get elected in 2012 then he should lead the old GOP by working WITH Obama and help ALL the people in the USA/World.
    I could easily tell he's another politician talking out of his mouth and doing the reverse behind the scenes. Nice try Bobby!!

    February 25, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Jindal is the Republicans answer to President Obama because they believe they can substitute anyone with darker pigmentation just like Sarah was a sustitute for Clinton....

    February 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Jindal was being setup

    Poor Jindal. He was definitely being setup by his own party because it was a no win situation last night.

    Don't tell me his own party doesn't know he is not ready for prime time for another term or two but the Rep. party still put him out there. Obama probably is one of the best speaker in the world now and it was a lose cause to speak follow Obama's speech last night. I don't think any Republican dumb enough to go out except this guy. I am sure Jindal will soon disappear from the GOP scene after last night speech.

    February 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. C White


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

    as a second generation of Asian American, i don't see Jindal representing minorities as a whole because his own handling of Katrina, even til this day, has been poor. friends of mine who have travelled there to help said the local residents are pretty much on their own and are the ones who's doing the work aside from the donation from non-profit organizations. for him to use Katrina now as a political gain or his political rhetoric for his 2012 presidential run is a shame. with Guliani, he at least has done a good job after the 911 but what has Jindal shown with Katrina?
    how is stimulus a corruption? how much federal money has he effectively spent on Katrina?
    i'm a 70% conservative independent who doesn't believe in neither big or small government, i believe and support an efficient government who upholds integrity.
    lastly, Jindal should just relax and be himself when he makes these important speeches. his composure from the moment he walked from the backdrop to his hand gestures seemed programmed. the "powerpoints" of his speech was hazy. GOP should not underestimate minorities' common sense or intelligence, believing GOP will regain minorities votes simply because they elected Mr. Steele and will possibly nominate Mr. Jindal as presidential contender in the coming years... nope.com!

    February 25, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Tina

    Jindal better work on sincerity if he hopes to have a shot in '12. Even while telling his personal story he came off as stiff and robotic. And he should never ever smile.

    February 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Beverly, NYC

    OMG, Governor your response was juvenile. Again no new ideas, cut taxes and trust American's to do the right thing. Sorry been there done that. The Americans you expect to do the right thing are the ones who ran amok buying more house than they could afford, refinancing to the hilt for vacations and flat screens, not saving a dime for a raining day. Yet you want the future of this country in their C student, low IQ having hands. PLEASE!!!!

    By the way governor, like Ms. Palin you are not redy for prime time. Don't believe the hype that you are the new face of the Republican party, you only have the right pigment.

    Obama 2.0 Totally Hilarious, this one is a keeper. Maybe you should record it and send a copy to Mr. Chip Saltsman.

    February 25, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. AFAM

    geri i mean you no democrat.

    February 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Frost/Tennessee

    What they don't get.. it wasn't just the color of the skin or the way their family found their way to America.. it was about change!! So they can stick a green man up to be their spokemans.. WE want change.. and we would like the grumpy old men in the republican party to change.. Steele and jindel is just a version of the same.. NO CHANGE.. it's your thinking that needs to change.

    A strong message to the republicans that they just don't get.. CHANGE

    We believe so either get on the train of change.. or get out of the way.. We will make sure President Obama and this plan makes it and we make it along side of him.. We are not behind him.. we are beside of him .. ALL walking as a team.. join the team or .. leave the playing field

    February 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Don in Albuquerque

    Oh My God! He should play himself on Saturday Night Live. This guy is a joke and a moron. Tells outrilght lies about the boats of Katrina, outright lies about the light rail. Who do the repugs think they are kidding? First Hip Hop Steel, and now this fool.

    Please bring back Palin. She can't win but at least she was more entertaining then this fifth grade attempt at a leader.

    February 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Once You Vote Black

    Last night was time to pull them out and show them. Jindal was intimadated. He sound like he was reading a bed time story. And it worked because he put the nation to sleep. I hear by call for the dismantalling of the GOP and request the start of a 3rd party. See you in 2012 Kem O Savie! Oh what he is dots not feathers.

    February 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Donyelle-Ohio

    OMG....I seriously thought that Jindal's response was a infomercial!!! My mouth was agape the whole time....when he walked out to give that speech I was literally on the floor laughing my head off.
    He looked terrified, there was no new ideas from the GOP or atleast from him since he has been dubbed the new star, and he lacked personality.
    The GOP would have been better off going to get Caribou Barbie to deliver a great speech with no substance! Overall...Bobby Jindal didn't do himself any favors with this speech.

    February 25, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Steve

    The Republican vision for America: failed economic theories delivered in a sing-songy voice.

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

    Piyush Jindal (pronounced /ˈdʒɪndəl/) was born on June 10, 1971 in Baton Rouge , Louisiana, to Punjabi Indian immigrants Amar and Raj Jindal, who had recently arrived for Amar to attend graduate school at Louisiana State University .

    Jindal was born and raised a Hindu, but converted to Catholicism in high school.

    Jindal chose to re-name himself "Bobby" inspired by the sitcom character Bobby Brady after watching The Brady Bunch television series.

    I guess President Obama don’t look so bad after all...

    February 25, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. HA HA HA





    February 25, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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