March 25th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Jindal defends those who want Obama to fail

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering a spirited defense of Republicans who say they want President Obama to fail."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - - It's OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think he's jeopardizing the country, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told members of his political party Tuesday night.

Jindal described the premise of the question - "Do you want the president to fail?" - as the "latest gotcha game" being perpetrated by Democrats against Republicans.

"Make no mistake: Anything other than an immediate and compliant, 'Why no sir, I don't want the president to fail,' is treated as some sort of act of treason, civil disobedience or political obstructionism," Jindal said at a political fundraiser attended by 1,200 people. "This is political correctness run amok."

Since conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said that he hoped that Obama would fail, Republicans have been pressed by Democrats and the media about Limbaugh's comments.

Jindal, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, told the Republican audience he would "not be brow beaten on this, and I will not kowtow to their correctness."

"My answer to the question is very simple: 'Do you want the president to fail?' It depends on what he is trying to do."

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  1. greg in jacksonville florida


    are you so naive to think that president george w bush is a fiscal conservative.. he is a neo-con.. someone who thinks you have to spend money to make money.. someone who believes in war for profit.. W. was not and is not a social conservative, nor a fiscal conservative... even after this has been pointed out many times by people on both sides of the isle, you still dont seem to understand the reality of what was the past eight years... and you wonder why your party lost control, you dont even know who or what the leaders of the republican party are.. here is a clue, the past eight years, social and fiscal conservatives have been nothing but a tool of the rovian and bush neo-cons... get a clue, and then come back and join the conversation...

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