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. Fran

    If Bobby Jindal is the best that the Republican party has to offer they will be wandering in the political wilderness for many years to come.

    February 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. tki

    you people dont live here in LA, Bobby has done some great things since he took office. Gov. Blanco was the idiot just like Obama is cleaning up Bush's mess, Jindal is cleaning up hers. we dont need to extend unemployment benefits to the lazy.. WOW people get a clue...

    February 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. ranganraj

    I am still reeling from Jindal's quote, "Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending." This seems particularly odd coming from a state that was directly affected by a catostropic climatic event. If you don't understand science, and geology, be curious, find out! Read about how these things may be applied to earthquake and tsunami prediction, plates shifting on the ocean floor, etc. Don't dismiss science out of ignorance. The prior administration did that for 8 years, and it has cost us dearly. We can't allow this antipathy to science to continue. We will no longer compete at the forefront of technology and we will no longer be the country that leads the world in ideas, innovation, and higher education. I beg Jindal to educate himself on basic science, and have humility before dismissing entire scientific endeavors.

    February 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Jeff in SF

    That speech shot a big hole in the "Jindal for President" balloon.

    He cited the Katrina disaster as an example of how government doesn't work – how tone-deaf can you get?

    It was a badly delivered speech, sure, but even a good speaker couldn't have done much with the tired old talking points from the 80's that Jindal was recycling.

    February 25, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Christy

    That was a terrible response to the Presidents motivating and "Morning in America" speech. What would the republicans do differently to get us out of this mess? Can they do anything else other than criticize and complain? In addition, Jindals delivery was horrific. First Palin and now Jindal? Back to the drawing board repubs.

    February 25, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. AJ

    This guy is almost as stupid as Bush.

    February 25, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. joe turner

    I'd like to see a poll of Americans who listened to Jindal's speech. From a personal point of view, I thought it sounded like a campaign speech. Is he running for Pres already?

    February 25, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Shari, NY

    Jindal might be a well educated man but his counterpoint presentation was lack luster. Also, NY's Republican representative, Peter King, when asked for his views on Obama's speech could only boo hoo about him not paying more attention to terrorism. Obama is not a supernatural being but none of these guys can hold a candle to him and they know it.

    February 25, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. li in PA

    Don in MN writes:

    "Jindal needed to perform one of his college day exorcisms on his own speech… Because it was possessed by Mr. Rogers!"

    At least Jindal would RELEASE college records. Haven't see any of Barry's. What was his thesis on?????

    Remember 48% of America didn't give Barry a mandate. I speak to more democrats who voted for Obama and are so infuriated with this spending package they are so sorry they voted for the guy. Regurgitated Clinton cabinet...some change.

    February 25, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. JD in Moraga, CA

    Give the guy a break – his speech was obviously handed to him by the opposition leaders from the GOP in the House and Senate. What a gigantic "Yawn."

    February 25, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Independent Paul

    I think Jindal and Obama are exactly what both parties need. What i mean is that Washington is desperate for new blood. The Reid's, Pelosi's, Kennedy's, Bush's, McConnel's, and Bunning's that have presided over Washington for too long need to be replaced by younger and more energetic blood.

    February 25, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Sarahs cheerleader

    This guys picture is in the dictionary when you lookup girlyman.He is the new halloween mask for the GOP.I listened to him last night and not only found him dull and droaning,but repeating Rush Limbaugh talking points made me sick.

    February 25, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. A Republican Turned Democrat

    Is this Jindal already the Best the GOP's can have for its party??? The way he talks, NOT very impressive...as if he recites a poem. I don't see this Jindal as someone comparable to Obama...not even an inch.

    February 25, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "for something called 'volcano monitoring.' "

    That's right…spooky scary sciencey mumbo jumbo…everyone knows God is watching the volcanos for us and will give us ample warning when one is about to erupt because those of us who are so self-righteously pious will have the prescience to expect God's mighty retribution in response to the sins of our society.

    February 25, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Rudy

    The GOP is going Hip-hop and East Indies. That's a nice, new image! This will secure Obama 2nd term in office.

    February 25, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. shucks

    Jindal is showing that he still holds very dear the failed policies of the Republican party, and he really doesn't understand that he is as transparent as his words. His state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs after Hurricaine Katrina. HIs unemployment is still rising except for in the New Orleans area where people are returning to rebuild their lives. Louisiana recieved the most financial aid in recent history to rebuild the Gulf Coast. He lowered taxes because he had no choice as people were fleeing the state in droves due to the collapse of infrastructure after Katrina. He is taking credit for items that would have happened, or that he really had no choice but to do. He is also incredibly irresponsiblef for refusing stimulus money that is coming from the pockets of his constituents. He definitely continues to embrace the old republican philosophy that has failed us for the last 8 years. He needs to be voted out of office at the next election.

    February 25, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    It would be toss up between him and Sarah who come in last in2012. I believe Sarah would beet him by coming in second to last. Wonder how come Mccain hasnt been on here saying how great he was. Boy the republicans better come up with better candiates then these two. Mitt would make mince meat of both of them. I dont see how they think this guy is the rising star of the republcan party.

    February 25, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. mo

    the president's speech was about helping the American people, jindal's speech was about what?!! his story!!!! good grief, Bobby Jindal sounded like he was reading a story, it put me to sleep, and I just woke up from a nightmare. please I don't want to see another republican talking. not ever, never again. I think they are irresponsible, disrespectful did you not see how many didn't give the president a standing ovation just out of protest. they looked like a bunch of ungrateful, selfish little children.

    February 25, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Cleaning up after W

    "Jindal has been a vocal critic of the stimulus package, highlighting what he considers waste at a White House meeting with governors on Monday and in his speech Tuesday. He noted $300 million to buy new government cars..."

    How is it wasteful spending to throw some business to the struggling U.S. auto makers? These people don't have a clue! Their solution to everything is and always has been tax cuts. It didn't work before, it's not going to work now.

    And I can't believe this guy would invoke Katrina when it was the REPUBLICAN controlled government that botched the disaster response! And he actually claims he's going to refuse stimulus money for his state, when Lousiana desperately needs it. Unbelievable.

    February 25, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. beckyinOhio

    Our party is determined to regain your trust," Jindal said.


    Talking down to Americans as if we are third graders will not get the job done. I guess he needed to sing song his response so the base would understand.

    February 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. July

    Even the folks at FOX NEWS said this ...

    BRIT HUME: "The speech read a lot better than it sounded. This was not Bobby Jindal's greatest oratorical moment."

    NINA EASTON: "The delivery was not exactly terrific."

    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: "Jindal didn't have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own. He's in a Reagan-esque league. ... [Jindal] tried the best he could."

    JUAN WILLIAMS: "It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish.

    February 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Raj, Boston

    This guy belongs in the Sarah Palin league.

    February 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. S

    Gov. Jindal sounded like some gushy, goofy high school civics teacher. He criticized the Dems as increasing the debt while forgetting Bush's last 8 years of fiscal debacling in that respect. He and Palin make a good pair–fluff and buff.

    February 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Mike, Iowa

    Last night sounded like a campaign ad! He sounds like he is just trying to score political points which in my mind he didnt score anything. He said the main diffrence between Rupublicans and democrats is the republicans depend on the people to bring this country together and the democrats depend on the government. Ok... We are losing our homes and jobs... what the hell are we supposed to do? It was our republican ran government that got us ito this mess. That sounds to me like when things are tough its our fault not our governments fault. That way they can sit on all their fortunes and not have be held accountable for anything. Bobby jindal to me is just the republicans version of a young man of color to compete with Obama. Just like sarah palin was just used to grab the women votes and the Hillary supporters. Also its funny how they decided to pick a black man all of a sudden to run the GOP. Any more gimmicks? If it werent for John McCain I would have even know who Jindal and Palin even were and they are just gimmicks to attract "disenfranchised voters"

    February 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Rob Johnson

    I agree with you sir, I would LOVE to Jindal be the GOP candidate and go against Obama in 2012. But unless Limbaugh is no longer the spokesman for the Repubs I doubt if it's going to happen. I think he might be a bit too "tanned" for Rush's taste. Plus I think this guy prepared his speech BEFORE the president gave his. Not a very good response if you ask me.

    February 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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