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. Splurge

    Anti-Jindal comments are raciist. He is a person of color. Treat him like you would treat Obama.

    February 25, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Lisa

    Funny to hear a governor of a state that's received billions after Hurricane Katrina but not been able to organize the spending of that money or the recovery of New Orleans talk about how awful it is to receive government aid.

    And if he really wanted to walk his talk, then explain why he's taking 3.8 of 3.9 billion and people are calling that "taking a stand"?

    February 25, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Conservative And Proud

    I can agree that his beginning of his speech was a little overdone, but the last 3/4 of it was very humble-instead of "attacking" the dems, he called it a honest and fundamental disagreement on the role of government.

    I honestly wouldn't like to see him run for Pres. in 2012 simply because Obama is more likely to win (not that I'd want him to, just a realistic view.) Unless Obama screws up hugely, he'll win again, paving the way for Jindal in 2016.

    February 25, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Gary

    After the presidents speech listening to Jindal gave me to opportunity to drift off into a peaceful sleep thinking that the current occupant and his family will be in the White House for 7 years and 11 more months.

    February 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. David Newport, OR

    Jindal's goal was to solidify the base since everyone and their neighbor knows Sarah Palin has zero% chance of being able to run and win. What they (GOP) do not understand, is that we are not the ignorant Americans of the last decade...we have grown. Too bad they haven't.

    February 25, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. jimmy-ohio

    i really feel bad for gov Jindal ,,,it was obvious he was just reading a text and about halfway through i was really beginning to think he had no idea what would be on the teleprompter. if this was his "comming out" speech i think he has a long way to go before he is ready for a national stage. as an american taxpayer i find it very disingenous that he talks about refusing federal money after everything his state recieved after katrina,,,since you are so opposed to federal bailouts,,,MAY WE HAVE IT BACK?

    February 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Ron

    I was in shock. After watching Pres. Obama deliver a speech of hope and ask the American people to work and help him put the country back on the right path. The republicans once again insulted the intelligents of the educated and criticize everything the president said. He offered no new ideas, no solutions, not even a clear message. His demeanor was creepy. The funny thing is prior to yesterday, I thought he would be a challenge to the Pres. in 2012. Now, y'all better put your hopes back in caribou barbie, I wish you luck you will need it.

    February 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. 2010

    Gov. Jindal came across awkward & uncomfortable. He sounded as if he was reading a storybook to young children, adding the GOP's expected talking points of magical tax cuts to the tale.

    It was also unbelievable that Jindal actually brought up the response to Katrina as way to moved forward. Lost in translation...

    February 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Obama Obama

    Well the shining star of the Republican Party became a Dull Falling one. Stupid says... we are against the stimulus but we will support Obama on this and work with him... what kind of talk is that? Restrain Spending in washington?? Like Bush did with 11Billion new chopper fleet??

    February 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Meg

    Spoken like a true GOP politician – who is wanting the number 1 spot in the party.

    February 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Rosalinda

    LOL, he did sound like Mr Rogers. That is the problem with the Republican party. It is trying to appeal to the ultra religious and not so smart portion of the Repulican party. The kind that can be fooled over and over again. So sad...

    Limbaugh, is the new face.. A man with parents who could afford to send him to college but who dropped out of college. He used a weak excuse for not going to Vietnam as well. He has been married 5 times.. He is a closet homosexual, post drug addict. And this is who runs the party. Unbelievable!!!!

    I have nothing against homosexuals by the way.

    February 25, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Gary

    Hey Bobby, you have been great. These guys who comment here are idiots and they adore Barack. We need smart guy like you. At least you have exceutive experience to run the state. Barack has nothing. He erred in many statements last evening but people do not mind. Automobile was invented in Germany and not in America. He should go back to the history or go back to school. We have a president who is an idiot but likes to give impressive speeches with all lies.

    February 25, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. roger smith

    what a hoot !!!
    here's a guy who says government is not the answer and yet it was
    with billions in government aid that louisiana was made WHOLE
    after KATRINA !!!! either he suffers from ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE or
    he's just another DUPLICITOUS REPUBLICAN !!!


    February 25, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. yuri

    OK! Mostly negative comments about Jindal's regrettable rebuttal response to Obama's thunderous trumpet last night, are likely to leave a bundle of badly bitter bickerings among the GOP. As Ed Rollins put it, we paraphrase that Jindal made Palin, painfully popular, by his flat and anticlimactic utterances.

    His maiden speech lacked frequency modulations, and the lack of steam in his dry and drab delivery, perhaps, need a lot of intense training, if the GOP is still serious about groomin' him as a front runner. If that's the notion, they need herculean efforts, tinged with a panoply of powerful punch lines in his speeches, to arrest the attention of all the discreet deciders, in order to garner votes. Good luck, GOP! You've got a long way to go, unless you spot another convincingly crafty star in you party, in future. Remember Obama's roar in his first speech at the DNC in Denver, in 2004.

    February 25, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Ren from Baltimore

    ...and the Republicans complain that Geithner can't speak in public? What an insultingly misprepared speach, Gov Jindal.

    As I heard Ed Rollins half-joke last night, "It was a ... good night for Sarah Palin." Indeed. They really fed him to the wolves sending him out like that-had he offended the party mucky-mucks? Awful.

    February 25, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. phdmom

    Let me see; Louisiana ranks 2nd in illiteracy, 2nd in infant mortality, 4th in obesity rate, 1st unhealthiest state, 2nd in poverty and the list goes on . Yet Mr. Jindal does not like the stimulus and thinks his policies in Louisiana should be applied to the rest of the US . All I have to say, " no thanks but thanks"

    February 25, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Sniffit

    The birth of one-party American politics is nigh...

    February 25, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. David Ferdinand/New York

    Haha I love GOP Self-Destruction
    Giv'em enough rope.....

    February 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    Louisiana is in worse economic shape than Alabama. Why would anyone take his advice? His policies and those of other southern Governors will put the south even further behind the rest of the country with regards to basic quality of life issues. Pretty soon GOP will be party of the Southeast only. Seriously if the south were to secede from the Union I would have to leave Alabama. I couldn't stay here without protection from a federal government.

    February 25, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. LiLa, WI

    Gov. Jindal's speech....content AND delivery....was beyond bad. The Republicans will need to do better if they hope to one day "regain the nation's trust."

    February 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. Ron

    lol...Hey where is griff's comments. Where are all the Obama haters to praise there boy and tell us how the republicans under jindal will keep America safe. Where is Barb to tell us how jindal is way smarter than the Pres.

    February 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Honest Abe

    I got news for you RICKY BOBBY – the entire republican party is irresponsible! THAT'S WHY WE ARE IN THIS MESS IN THE FIRST PLACE!
    Does he think the people are that stupid? YES, HE DOES!

    February 25, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Regina P

    Jindal's example of "letting the American people" get the work done was ridiculous. Perhaps there were some rescue boats after Katrina that went out without official authorization, but what about the>$100 billion that the governement spent on recovery and rebuilding??!! Sounds like gov't intervention, big time, to me! Did he forget about that? I don't see or hear any valid, viable solutions coming from the repub side...in large part these same policies were tried and failed ove the last 8 years.

    February 25, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. SA in OO

    "In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government," Jindal said.

    This really is the crux of the debate and the core issue that will be at the heart of the deliberation what will be taking place in congress over the next four years. The Republicans still fundamentally believe in the idea that de-regualtion and free-interprise, unhampered by govenrment control as the guiding principles for our nation. If left alone, the people, and the institutions they create (businesses, companies, public and private sector organizations) will do the right thing and the country will prosper.

    Democrats, and the growing majority that voted for them, aren't so sure that the free-interprise system we have championed for so long, should be so free. And the events of the last year if not the last decade do bear witness to the fact that the profit motive that is the driving force in our system can have terrible downside consequences if the players are left to regulate themselves.

    A quote from the Enron tapes between two employees who were whitingly and willing "crushing" the California economy, by manipulating the spot price of electricity for corporate gain is both telling and terrifying .

    First employee says, "I feel like I'm being corrupted now."

    Second employee adds, "No, this is marketing,"


    February 25, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. dallas female

    Jeez February 25th, 2009 11:00 am ET

    He sounded like Kenneth the Page.

    So what did he think of Bush's stimulus?


    and i'm pretty sure his dad never said "Now Bobby" probably sounded more like " Now, Pintar".....

    February 25, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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