March 3rd, 2009
08:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Jindal on Obama: I'm 'not nearly as good of a speaker'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Barack Obama: I'm certainly not nearly as good of a speaker as he is."]
(CNN) - CNN's Larry King talked with Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in a prime-time exclusive interview Monday night.

Watch: Gov. Jindal on Larry King Live

Jindal gave the Republican response after President Obama's address to Congress last week. Jindal received negative reviews after the speech, and Larry asked him how he felt about that. They also talked about the war of words in the Republican Party centered around Rush Limbaugh.

The following transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity:

Larry King: Governor, you took a lot of flak for that speech. Were you surprised that you did?

Gov. Bobby Jindal: Let's be clear, the president is a great speaker - probably the greatest we've seen in a generation. I'm certainly not nearly as good of a speaker as he is. And I'm not the only one that's got that opinion.

I hope people look at the content of the speech, not just the delivery. You know, for years, I've been told I speak too quickly. Now I'm told I speak too slowly.

What's more important is I was outlining a philosophical difference with the stimulus package, with the leadership in Congress, with the administration. I was outlining a philosophical disagreement that says we need to get businesses hiring again. We need to put more money in the private sector.

Let's cut taxes. Let's get rid of the wasteful spending. That's the debate. That's the discussion we need to be having.

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  1. steve

    Not quite the same speaker, but 10X the thinker.

    March 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Put an End to the Republican Dictatorship Over the US

    No, no! You ARE!!

    You make a FABULOUS Children's Story Teller!

    March 3, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Lu

    Check out the video of Kenneth the Page vs Bobby Jindal from Jimmy Fallon late night....hysterical....

    March 3, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. wakeupamerica

    "I"m not as good a speaker" Finally – a bit of truth from the GOP!

    March 3, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Let's get real

    You're a Liar too, Bobby.

    March 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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