February 4th, 2010
10:53 AM ET
13 years ago

Jindal to attend big GOP conference

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/04/art.jindal.gi.jpg caption="Add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the growing roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders attending this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April."]Washington (CNN) - Add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the growing roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders attending this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April. Jindal won't have to travel far, as the conference is being held in New Orleans.

"SRLC will be a tremendous opportunity to highlight our state's incredible economic momentum," said Jindal in a statement released Thursday morning by the conference.

"Governor Jindal has been a tremendous leader for the state of Louisiana," said SRLC Director Charlie Davis. "His bold reforms and extraordinary vision have made him one of the GOP's rising stars."

SRLC is a major gathering of Republican officials and activists from 14 southern states. The event is held every two to four years and a presidential straw poll is usually conducted.

Other possible Republican White House hopefuls attending this year's conference are Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. c spurgeon

    Do9n't let him speak. It immediatyely turns one off.

    February 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Where is the ticker item that discusses Rush Limbaugh's use of the so-called 'R' word?

    February 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Gil Oberdas

    I hope JIndal does better than he did in his rebutal of the President last year when he came across as a bumbling speaker and certainly not Presidential material. Add him ot the Sarah Pathetic list!

    February 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Just a comment on Palin's comment yesterday concerning the use of the word "retarded" in our political discourse:

    I think we should use the word 'neo-tard' for all these birth-bagging, Rush-worshiping, demogoguing rightwing lamebrains.

    Given the mental vaccum it takes to be a [R] today, I agree with Palin that it would indeed be "a slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities" to elevate the rightwing underbelly of this nation to merely "retarded".

    February 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Gilliard


    February 4, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. c spurgeon

    There they are. What a lineup. Kind of says it all doesn't it. All of them more interested in their own political status and lining their pockets. Wow what a way for this country to move forward.

    February 4, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. diridi

    I do not know what this idiot does....he is another sara palin...idiot, and stupid....

    February 4, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. hevyled

    You are kidding me! What will they do when the terrorists over seas say we have members of your family. We will kill them all if you do not do as we say. What are you going to do when one day he pulls his turbin out and wears it to a national convention. Jeez.

    February 4, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Dignity Restored

    Where have they been hiding Jindal??? He kinda dropped off the radar after his Kenneth-the-Page response to Obama's address last year.

    February 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. james Miller

    Jindal/Palin combo for 2012. A perfect fit.

    February 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. GI Joe

    ".......state's incredible economic momentum ......."

    Wow – if their part of the Stimulus Package is working, why can't other states do the same?

    February 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Tao33

    Gindal is goofy. No chance at the Presidency. Especially since he opposed taking federal dollars to help the unemployed in his state.

    February 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. rosslaw

    As an example of Bobby's boldness, he backed tripling the salaries of Louisiana legislators early in his administration, publically making the incredibly limp-wristed rationale that if he did not back the raise, the legislators would punish him by opposing his legislative agenda. Louisiana voters responded by all but sending the Louisiana legislature to the guillotine en masse, after which both the legislature and Bobby crawfished and scuttled the whole raise issue.

    Bobby then tried to establish his so-called conservative bona fides by slashing the Louisiana state university system to the bone a la Mark Sanford in S.C.. In response, four past Louisiana governors, one Democrat and three Republicans, called a press conference to blast Bobby for destroying an economic engine like the state's education system which Bobby crashed. Bobby has since retreated from burning the state's university system down to show what a bold conservative he is.

    By the way, Bobby is not named Bobby but Pishtu which he never uses since he is so ashamed of his Indian heritiage which he never discusses.

    February 4, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. John E Lexington KY

    How exciting. I hope he'll make a big speech like he did after Obama's first congressional address. Of course when he's in the men's room the other Republican Southern governors will tip him and expect a hand towel, but no doubt he's already used to that from them.

    February 4, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    A Southern republiklan governor attends the Southern republiklan Governors Conference in his home state where he only has a 30 minute helicopter ride from Baton Rouge to New Orleans?

    Must be news in there somewhere, but it sure escapes me, CNN.

    February 4, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Brm

    Like we won't remember his mishandling of Hurricane Katrina, his ignorance of the dangers of volcanos, the fact that Louisiana is last in education and public health. How stupid does he think Americans are?

    February 4, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    I don't think a BETTER BACKGROUND will help him when he speaks because this country is not ready for two people of COLOR in a row to run this country!!!

    But then again – once you go BLACK you never go BACK! ROTFLMAO!

    February 4, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. gary davis harbor oregon

    be careful at the meeting , because the southern whities get wound up when they gather and begin the chant of whitie power . and drink white lightening , ya'll good ol'e boys , purist core + hard line christian values = racist divide . you are dark skind like me and most of america . and being in the south during any gathering can bring on trouble . but most of america is getting better about race . we elected a great man to be president . and he was born in Hawaii . a state and he is Black and white like most of america . but the republicans have a problem with this and they are after it every day . the party of NO 🙂 looking at the guest list of speakers you are missing rush , cheney ,rove ,beck hanity and the rest of the radical purists .

    February 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Donkey Party

    Sure, Bobby Jindal is about as presidential as Mike Steele. Give us a break! Jindal is also one of those smarmy politicians who balked at the stimulus funds, but now wants to take credit for all the good it's doing for Louisiana.

    February 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Donkey Party

    I wouldn't buy a Slurpee, or accept a cab-ride from this guy either.

    February 4, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. GARY

    Who cares, Palin and all the repubs are a bunch of lying RETARDS.

    February 4, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Minnesota gal

    Well why don't the whole republican congress file for presidential campaign. They ALL seem so darn INTERESTED. Their ego reaches the stars by thinking they are ALL so qualified. And they hollered about Obama. tsk tsk tsk...I forgot people...when republicans do it, it is A OK but gee whiz don't let the democrats do the same thing it is all all wrong.

    Republicans crack me up. Oh for the good old days when we had real republicans who were real men and women and real Americans not these false bunch of phonies we have today.

    February 4, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. jack in denver

    Isn't this the guy that's to stupid he can't figure out that volcanoes are dangerous, that they can kill?!?!? I think having one "special" republican president was enough!!

    February 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Dave

    Liberals should be shaking. This guy has done wonders with LA and New Orleans since Blanco and Nagin have gotten the heck out of the way.

    Every single person in politics claims this man is the smartest guy in the room whenever he walks into it. He is a hardcore fiscal conservative who doesn't believe in handouts, believes in less taxes, less spending, and less government and just about everything he has touched has turned to gold.

    That said, the far left won't care, all they'll focus on is one speech because the delivery was bad. Naturally they won't listen to the content.

    February 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. J Farrow

    I live in New Orleans. Bobby Jindal has not been very helpful to our recovery. I plan to be out on the picket lines during the southern republicans' meeting in April. I think you will see a large number of meeting protesters.

    February 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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