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. Jeez

    He sounded like Kenneth the Page.

    So what did he think of Bush's stimulus?

    February 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Obama 2.0

    Jindal Bells
    Jindall Bells
    Jindal votes no way
    Oh how sad it is to see
    The GOP's disarayay

    Dashing through the slums on another strait talk bus
    his words like bag pipe air
    voting no everywhere

    No NO nO
    No nO No

    That is what he says
    That's ok we don't care
    He will never be the Pre ez!

    February 25, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. dimes

    Right on Jindal!

    You gave a very clear view of why the stimulus package is a pork bill that will not do anything to stimulate the economy.

    I wish there were more people in government that could think rather than blindly follow. You are a real breath of fresh air.

    February 25, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. pat C.

    i felt bad for this young man. he is certainly not the attack dog that the republicans thought he would be. he came off like a whimpering school boy and had NO vision just like the old boys in the party. he had not one vision except for the old cut taxes and let us fend for ourselves speech. they just don't get it...if you have NO job or one that has cut your salary by 40%,a tax cut is NO benefit.
    bobby jendal is not the man for the job to compete with our president barack obama. the repubs need to rethink this skin color trick, it just did not work on we americans.
    his use of katrina in his speech was a sad mistake on the republicans part as well.

    February 25, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. texas teacher

    Jindal sounded like a high school speaker working hard at reading his prepared rebuttal school paper to the President's marvelous speech. You know.... canned babble! The contrast was so very amateurish that it was mind boggling. I didn't know whether to listen with my mouth hanging open unbelieving or laughing outright! I pity Gov. Jindal. I think he actually killed any chance he might have had for higher office.

    February 25, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. katiec

    Jindal was absolutely ridiculous with his speech.
    To continue the same, worn out, unproductive, irresponsible
    tactics of his party was an insult to the American people's
    intelligence. We no longer accept the lies, distortions, party
    first, hypocritical so called policies and proved this with the
    election of our President.
    When and will they ever put the survival of our country first??

    February 25, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Ray Fisher

    Jindal unfortunately maintained the same tired, old rhetoric that America rejected in the last election. What keeps the Republicans in their state of denial??? Isn't a complete meltdown of America enough proof that their ideas do not work??? Cutting taxes on the rich goes only as far as their bank accounts as they continue to outsource American jobs to the lowest bidder.Why must the GOP take pride in their culture of failure???

    February 25, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Claude

    Bobby Jindal & the Republican response to the President's speech were both equally pathetic. He looked like a frightened child, forced onstage at a middle school program to deliver a speech that he wasn't prepared for. If this is the best the Republicans have to offer (along with Sarah Palin & Michael Steele), they should just fold their tent now and save themselves a lot of money and the country the annoyance. Nothing Jindal said really made any sense, in particular his reference to Hurricane Katrina. If he doesn't appreciate what the American people and its government did to save his sad state, then we will gladly take every penny of it back. Clearly we have far more worthwhile causes for which it can be used.

    So, go back to Baton Rouge, Bobby, and please let us never hear of you again.

    February 25, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    Do you know what is Irresponsible Jindal? It's to refuse to get the money from the bill to help the unemployed people in your state.
    Receiving a lesson from GOP now is like giving the keys of your BMW to a car theft. PLEASE just shut up and watch the show GOP.

    February 25, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Bobby's parents never called him Bobby.

    February 25, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Larry Houston TX

    He'll never make it, in 2012.....

    February 25, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Same ol' policies, same ol' GOP tricks. Of all people Bobby, you had to get sucked into the wrong vortex of racism and hatred.

    February 25, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Texas Doc

    That's rich. How about the past eight years Bobby? Who had the tiller then? Hmmm...GOP Maybe?

    February 25, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Laidetea

    Same ol' policies, same ol' GOP tricks. Of all people Bobby, you had to get sucked into the wrong vortex of racism and hatred.

    February 25, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Don Fitzgerald, America

    Don't take the money, if it is so irresponsible. See how much longer, you can fool the voters of Louisiana. It's the same old Republican line: Don't do as I do, do as I say !! America rejected that in last November's election !! Remember !!? I guess the Party of the elephant, doesn't remember that well, or is it selective memory !!?

    February 25, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. toni


    February 25, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Phil

    President Obama was great last night. However, I'm not really understanding the hoopla about Jindal. If Jindal and Palin are the hope for the GOP, this country is in trouble. Jindal sounded like a middle school student.

    February 25, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Move On!

    Gov Jindal "YOUR" speech said absolutely nothing new and was totally irresponsible!! I thought Katrina's clean up and rebuilding your state "COST" the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS JINDAL????? You missed your target by a million miles with that comparison and if you think you have redeemed yourself in the eyes of the american public you are DREAMING!!!

    GOP your 150 year old version of "CUT TAXES & SMALL GOVERNMENT" is painfully tired and woren out please, please get a "NEW SONG!!" Your whinning is murdering the ears of millions of AMERICANS!!

    Go Pres Obama awesome speech!!

    February 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Gorefan

    If Jindal really believes in small government and not accepting government simulus money, shouldn't he stop federal help to New Orleans. As he said in his speech "Democratic leaders in Washington place their hope in the federal government; we place our hope in you." Isn't it hypocritical to talk about smaller federal government out of one side of your mouth while asking for more federal dollars for Katrina recovery out of the other side. Afterall, if he truely believes in "you" let the state of Louisianna pay for its own relief. Or are some problems so large that only the federal government can help fix them. Much like todays economic mess.

    February 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    Yeah, the governor did not take advantage of this opportunity to help the Republican Party begin reinventing itself. He presents as a token rather than as a fresh new voice for the party. The GOP is history, like the Whigs.

    February 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. ObamaSupporter

    I found Jindal's response to be very strange. He talked about the government's situation with what went on with Katrina, but failed to mention that it was a republican adminstration that failed Katrina. Jindal talked about gains made by Louisiana-but if you compare Louisiana with the other 49 states -Louisiana ranks nearly at the bottom in terms of economy,job creation, and education. The only area that Louisiana strives is in tourism and that's thanks to many Americans all over the country who poured millions into Louisiana's economy post-Katrina. Jindal also talked about national security and how the Obama adminstration plans to cut military spending which might make America unsafe from it's enemies. mr.jindal did you forget that your largest city New Orleans for at least the past 10 years even post-Katrina has been constantly ranked in the top 3(mostly #1) in crime? Jindal- you are a nice guy, but you were way off base. Oh before i forget i would love to know about the national health care that Mr.Jindal said the Republicans believe in-have you guys heard of it?
    The Republicans are trying so hard to reach out to people who were outside their core-it's no coincidence that the RNC Chairman and the person they choose to deliver the Republican response to Obama's address were both non-white. Repubs you are a dollar short and a day late.

    February 25, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. American Soldier for Freedom

    Bobby was horrible ... He did what the GOP has been doing this entire election; complaining not make solutions to the problems. The stimulus money comes from the people. If we can get more than lets do it. We need swift action to repair this economy. I can't lost my job, but I would feel the same pain if some of my family members were affected by this recession. BOBBY SMAME ON YOU ... STAY IN BATON ROUGE...


    February 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. whotoo

    Jindal should be thankful to Obama for being president of the USA. Or else the Repurbs wouldn't have given him the chance to deliver a reactionary message against Obama's speech. Yes, the Republicans are trying to regain the trust of the American people, But where were they when the Irag war was in full swing? When money that should have been invested in this country was taken away from the American people to support a lost cost. Oh! it is wrong to invest in America and the American people but it is good to do wasteful spending? clever, clever Repurbs.

    February 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Karleen Sanders

    I thought his use of Katrina as telling. The local and state oficials did not do anything the first few days but cry for help. If it had not been for federal help, many more would have died. I can't tell you how frustrating it was to see the Mayor holed up whining for days and the govenor saying her hands were tied while the peolple went for four days without water and food. They needed the federal help and are STILL getting it. The local citizens did what they could do but without federal help it would have been worse. What a feeble examplw!

    February 25, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Linda from Minnesota

    If Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin are the best of the GOP and the rising stars – goodbye GOP (and good riddance).

    February 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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