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. Mike - Dallas

    What a terrible response from Bobby Jindal... Sorry forgot his real name.....after a little googling, I found that his "real" name is "Piyush. ...

    The person changes his name, religion is the face of GOP?? Just so that he can run for an office....

    And BTW where are all the republicans who were going after Tom Daschel and others for tax issues. Did they read Sarah Palin had to pay taxes on her per diem allowances and return money for the trips hers kids took...which she calimed to be official trips.....

    February 25, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. July

    Why ask for a Palin / Jindal ticket ...

    Ask for a Palin / Michele Bachmann ... now that would be FUN!!

    February 25, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. jaxBax of Ohio

    Jindal is an IDIOT!

    February 25, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Mike, Atlanta

    JIndal was TERRIBLE last night. He sounded and looked like a ROBOT.....To all Louisiana GOP politicians, stop repeating that sheriff flood story...

    Big government, tax cuts earmarks are the only 3 things the GOP talks about.....LOL

    February 25, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Once You Vote Black: Bobby, Sarah, and Rush, oh my!

    The GOP use to be the party of nice clean white Americans. What has happened? Where is David Dukes when you need him. Did you see how much bigger Michelle was then that police officer in her box was. She is big!

    February 25, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Peggy Berninger

    I think they chose Bobby Jindal because he is a young senator, with an ethnic background, who has an interesting family story. Kinda similar reasoning why they chose Palin. These Republicans pale in comparison to the real thing, Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    February 25, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. zaphod2000

    one down – the Alaska governor
    two down – the LA governor
    good luck repugs!

    February 25, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Marj - South Carolina

    Jindal looked absolutely lost and phony with his response. What were the Republicans thinking? Did he not watch Obama's speech? And if he did, did it not occur to him to change his response so he would not end up contradicting himself? Did he think we were all idiots not to realize how totally inept his response was? Totally amateur and ill-prepared. For all the build up on him, I felt so sorry for him...he looked like he was frightened and about to cry...

    February 25, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Charles -South Carolina

    The Republican Party put Gov. Jindal & Chairman of the Republican Party only after President Obama was elected President. They are tokens.

    Gov. Jindal maybe a rising start; he will never be President of the United States.

    February 25, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. pbdenver

    Is your response or a bad SNL skit... Seriously republicans have some gaul to bring up Katrina and wasteful spending.... We get it you don't believe anything but oil and gas and taxes can solve anything... You will go the way of the Dinosaurs if you keep up these failed ideas...

    If we had embraced new energy in the 80s we would not be using a drop of mid east oil right now... and we would not have soldiers dying for oil and the terrorist would not be able to get funding from Saudi Arabia.... THAT IS REALITY – get used to it...

    February 25, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. AFAM

    Obama would wipe the floor with sarah palin.cant the sarah palin supporters see that. wake up.obama graduated with magnum cum laude.went to law school and was a law professor. it took sarah palin six years to graduate from jouranlist school.lol.what a joke.people im a nice guy im just stating the facts.

    February 25, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Marie from Dallas

    Where was Jindall's outrage over a federal government stimulus package when Bush was in office abd got a huge stimulus package approved?

    Now I realize how glad I am that I came to my senses and started voting Democratic after years of being a stalwart Republican. I realize now that the GOP is hopelessly out of touch with the majority of Americans. Instead of trying to work with the current administration, they act like first graders who are mad because they didn't get their way. The GOP Congress people are not even trying to meet Obama a quarter of the way – if they keep this approach up, they will have a hard time keeping the seats they currently have. I quit listening to their words about halfway into GW's first term – actions speak so much louder!!!!

    February 25, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Independent Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    New face, old message.

    No thanks.

    February 25, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. August

    What an odd way to begin his response to President Obama's address. He really sounded like he was reading a book to little children. As he progressed in his response, it became pretty apparent that he either did not listen to a word President Obam said or the speech was written before President Obama's address. Many of the points Governor Jindal raised were points that were contradicted by President Obama's address. Additionaly, Governor Jindal only kept to the Republican talking points that have been utilized as the "principles" of the GOP, which has resulted in the current economic condition we find this country in. There was no originality in his response, nor were there new and fresh ideas that would spur confidence in the Republican party. Sad.

    February 25, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. "new" GOP

    Yeah tha G to tha O to tha P - Grand Ol Obstructionists in da house, baby!!
    Irresponsible is what we GOPers know best. Who got us in this mess? Yup our boy W, the face of irresponsibility.
    Bobby was speaking last night about Katrina survivors and not needing a handout. Yeah, Nawlins is just like it was before Katrina....NOT.
    And Looseyana did "all that rebuildin' and stuff" with no dollars nor cents from the Feds.....Bobby's buyin' that bridge to nowhere that Palin put on e-bay.
    My party the Rethugs shoulda had Mikey Wheels of Steele rap the response instead of boring the nation with Jindal's Jibberish. Word to your motha

    February 25, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. irene

    beeing repuplican equals beeing stupid,Jindal last night proved it again.Palin and him make a good pair,if thats the best the repuplicans can come up with,one has to admire there guts.

    February 25, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Change in America

    Jindal sound like a fool on national tv....Why would you turn down a stimulas package that would benifit your state that really need help my friends in LA said they going vote Jindal out the office....It sad that he dont know what poor people are going thru.

    Vote Jindal out the office

    February 25, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. greg

    everyone on this blog said what i wanted to say......... one more word...........BORING

    February 25, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    He sounded like a public service announcement. And what is he talking about federal aid for Katrina?

    February 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. leapfrog

    It is so telling that before the president even spoke, the "opposition" had crafted a statement. I don't know how Obama is going to achieve his vision of bipartisanship if Republicans disagree with what he's saying even before he says it. If he said 2+2=4, the Repubs would disagree. How do you change a system like that?

    February 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Robin in SC

    I actually looked forward to Jindal's speech, thinking he is a republican to watch and who is actually watchable. But boy was I disappointed! He's nothing more than a sounding board echoing the same old GOP lines and criticisms. I shoulda known though...my governor Mark Sanford is right there with him handing back stimulus money even though SC has the third highest unemployment rate in the country, among lots of other negative distinctions. Louisianna's economy is on the upswing because of rebuilding post-Katrina...does he not realize that even southerners know this? Jindal and Sanford et al are considered the saviors of the GOP? Fraid not!

    February 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. rich

    If Jindal is the best the GOP has to offer, then we can all sleep easy that they will not be back in power anytime soon. Jindal made the pitbull with lipstick looked real good last night. What a 2nd grade performance! LOL

    February 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. hockeybear

    Why didn't he rap his response? After all, the republican Party wants to be more hip-hop urban......

    February 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Unfortunataly for Jindel, the President's speech was so complete and riveting, he had no time to go back and rewrite his prepared remarks. His remarks sounded like he never heard the president at all. Which is how the republicans treats the citizens of this country; they just don't hear us.

    February 25, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Laura

    isn't this the same guy who said he would turn down money from the stimulus package for Louisiana? and isn't he the governor of the state where some 6000 families are still living in FEMA trailors? well.....I am not in favor of big government either but when the government clearly doesn't promote the "general welfare" of the people then I see it as failing its Constitutional mandate.

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

    February 25, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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