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. Mohamed

    I was watching Charlie Rose show last night after president Obama's speech, David Brook a New York columinst and a conservative guy described governor Jindal's response a very bad response. But, i thought it was not only bad it was a horrible response. There was no new ideas, it was typical Republican ideas that didn't work for the last eight years. The Republican party has run out of ideas, there is no new ideas that left in the party. To me the party is intellectually is out of touch. Bush and chenny are gone, so who is the new face of the Republican party, you guessed right.. The spiritual leader of the Republican party Rush Limbough. The republican party must be proud to be the followers of this Holy man. The next big adventure Rush will take his followers to the Himalaya mountains for meditation, that is what the party needs now

    February 25, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Mike from FL

    Awesome, they're already thinking about the next election cycle instead of working to get things done. I don't care if you're a democrat or republican, FIX OUR COUNTRY, and stop worrying about the next election, popularity, and petty differences.

    February 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. maf

    If Jindal is the best / rising star, the Republicans can produce for a rebuttal to the President, then the party is in dire straits! Jindal must not have watched President Obama's speech, because his comments about it did not fit with what I heard during the previous hour. The Republicans are stuck, offering no alternative than cutting taxes. Jindal commented that the Stimulus package was all about raising taxes. Let's be clear, it will have a harsher impact on the Republicans, as they are the ones worried about their tax bump because they earn above $250 K per year. Bobby seemed clearly out of touch, as are the GOP, with what is going on TODAY on this planet.

    Life gets better the more you participate in it. The GOP is not prepared to move forward, EVEN THOUGH THEY SAY THEY ARE!

    February 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. biz

    If Jindal is the best the GOP has to offer, it'll be a cakewalk for the Dems in 2012.

    February 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Joan , Ontario

    Democrats didn't like it when horrible, racists things were said about Pres. Obama, his colour, his wife, saying he was a Muslim (which he isn't) and other equally untrue comments. Now they should have the courtesy to not stoop so low as to level racist comments at Mr. Jindal. Following President Obama's inspiring speech last night was an impossible job for Gov. Jinal. The Republicans have a huge PR problem right now and are unravelling before our eyes. Last night should reinforce to everyone why you are so lucky to have President Obama as your leader.

    February 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. No Vaseline

    Hahaha, give up! You Rethuglicans will never destroy our country again!

    February 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Lori

    Are the Republicans serious? Is this the face of the future GOP? Horray!!!! The Democrats can expect election successes for at least a few more decades! Republicans, please continue putting Palin, Jindal and Limbaugh as the face of the Republican party and you will NEVER draw Independents or conservative Democrats away from our current President. I love this!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    February 25, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. douglas hirsch

    He was a terrible communicator.The speech could have been given by
    John Mccain during the campaign.Nothing new...just tired old ideas.
    I cannot believe the Republican party continues to dig itself deeper.
    Could have just given him a shovel and let him dig.

    February 25, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Yemi Bamigbade

    Boy,oh boy what's his namenow? Bobby Jindal ,yo don't you let those Sen. Mitch's zonbies dry you out there b;cus they gonna use you as the new kid on the block.The Mitch's zombies are packs of griefing, mad like hell losers with no mandate. They need to get back on line ,loosen-up and keep the entire cream of the cross section of this society at the back of their mind, anything short of that ,by God's willing no matter what they set their heart or mind's on will prove abortive.I'm a Nigerian , i know it , i follow political trend, i've felt it for over 20years and, GOP you cannot escape it ,y'all feel me.If there are't no BS from your end you won't be in this hell of a goddarm hullabolo. So, Brother Jindal you need a stilleto shoes man, i'm out ,you heard me

    February 25, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. kevin

    First impression was that he sounded as if he were talking to children. Also, don't you think it is actually a good idea to monitor volcanoes? The kind of thing that might prevent another Katrina disaster (or much worse)?

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    "Those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina - we have our doubts."


    Bush was president during Katrina. You know, a REPUBLICAN

    So, how about those who died from Katrina?? Do they have their doubts?? NO, THEY DIED B/C BUSH DIDN'T HELP FAST ENOUGH.

    Bad example......like Rudy saying....9/11 9/11 9/11

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. DIZIZI31

    I will decline the stimulus package for LA., No not 100% but I will decline 3% of the package for LA.

    America, lets help Jindal do the math.... 97% is acceptable and 3% is unacceptable to LA.

    97% score in school is an A. If you agree to take 97% of the package then give the President and his team and A and stop boasting about the 3% you're not taking.

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Ron

    He sounds just like most of the Republicans. Get on board and help the country and the president instead of looking like a child and not knowing what he is talking about.

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Louisiana

    Please: Jindal/Palin 2012 after the repub years we can use the comic relief one more time.

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. What an idiot

    I fell asleep

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Stupid Post Found

    Kia at 10:57 am that is just a really stupid and ignorant thing to post. WOW! Many in our Armed Services are Republicans and would take great offense to your comment.

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Moe, NY

    In my opinion Jindal's speech was horrible...same old Republican rhetoric. No plan for the future, just backwards thinking!

    @ Obama 2.0: Absolutely loved your Jindal Bells....very creative...it says it all!

    February 25, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Mat

    Don't confuse a well delivered speech with a poor attempt to get some more campaigning in. I can understand why, as it's been 8 years since a president addressed the nation and sounded intelligent! But what Obama did last night was a well crafted speech on the state of the Union and he delivered it well – and even better, he didn't try to make up his own words!

    What did Bush do when he won office in his first term? he went to Texas to take a vacation and we all know how the next 8 years went.

    look we have a President, like him or not, who's working for the country. You're calling him out for being able to string a sentence together – get a grip!

    The country is a mess, we're in too many wars, our education blows our healthcare is in shambles the stock market keeps crashing, no one can get home loans or keep their jobs – it took 8 years to take the country in this direction so don't expect it to change back in just 8 weeks!

    February 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. chris

    one word "sad"

    February 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Will-South Dakota

    What a Puppet

    February 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Raymond

    Although I believe in the need for an opposing voice, if the GOP is just going to be the party of no without offering viable alternatives, then the GOP really is out of touch.

    If in fact they are saying that their alternative is the same old tired Bush policies of tax-cuts, lax corporate oversight, and "let the markets take care of themselves" attitudes, then they really just don't get it.

    February 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Felicia

    I just could'nt believe he tried to respond after President Obama, i mean what was he thinking.

    February 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. keeth in california

    Jindal painted Dems with the same distorting brushstrokes as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, and Karl Rove. He made it sound as if Obama mentioned nothing of tax cuts for families, tax breaks for small businesses, money for students, soldiers, and veterans, more green energy and less dependence on oil, and more responsibility when the government needs to step in to help prop up the economy. It was as if Jindal had not watched Obama's address. He laid the blame of big government failures at the feet of the Dems, even though the federal government grew the most and failed the most under George W. Bush. Jindal used Katrina as an example of how big government can go bad. What a horrible example! That was Bush's FEMA, Bush's administration, and Bush's decisions.

    His mea culpa for the GOP's squandered past was nothing short of insincere.

    "You're doing a heckuva Job, Jindal." Rove would be proud.

    February 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Citizen from NY

    Was it my imagination, or did Jundal say when his parents came to this country his mother was 40 1/2 months pregnant?????? Perhaps he meant 4 1/2 ??? Anway, Jindal seemed like he is an engaging sort of a fellow, but he mirrored a lot of what Pres. Obama said, with not really much contrast.

    February 25, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Debra Austin, Texas

    The fact that when Jindal walked out he looked like a geek in way over his head, doesn't underestimate the ridiculousness of his words. His argument is that government is not the answer and never is; that only because of people's humanitarianism, did Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina. Really Bobby? Then where is the over $100 billion dollars the feds gave you for relief and recovery? Do you have that money stashed away? Did you use it? If Republicans would ever stick to the facts, they might, at least, have a fighting chance but they just can't help themselves. Pathetic Governor.

    February 25, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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