Top GOPer gives Palin a boost
December 4th, 2010
12:48 PM ET
12 years ago

Top GOPer gives Palin a boost

(CNN) - Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is "absolutely" qualified to run for president in 2012.

"I think it's up to her to make the case to voters," Jindal said Friday in an interview on Bloomberg TV’s "Political Capital with Al Hunt."

When asked about recent comments by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who said Republicans need to "man up" and acknowledge that Palin cannot be elected president, Jindal said members of the GOP establishment should not tell voters what to do.

"I don't like anybody - whether it's the Republican establishment, D.C. insiders - trying to tell the Republican voters who their nominee should be," Jindal said. "I think there are several strong contenders. Governor Palin is one of them - there are many others."

The two-term Louisiana governor said he's "biased" toward governors, those that have run organizations and executives "who've had to balance budgets, make tough choices."

Jindal has repeatedly said he has no plans to run for president, despite continued speculation over whether he'll throw his hat in the ring.

Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Sarah Palin
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Blast Hardcheese

    Of course she's qualified to "run" for president...she's just not qualified to "be" president.

    December 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Louisiana Guy

    I guess he admires her because she spends a lot of time out of state promoting herself like he does.

    December 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. rdepontb

    Bobby, every Independent and Democrat is with you on this one!

    December 4, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. J

    Thanks Bobby. That was special. Now please return to your desk and give the other children a chance to speak.

    December 4, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. ali

    What a joke anybody who has listened to Sarah Palin for the last 2 years and thinks she is qualified to be president is nuts. She quit her job as governor of Alaska knew she could make more money from people that are gullible enough to put their money in her pockets, she will not sign her books at the book signings unless you show a receipt to prove you bought it. Jindal is afraid of her as are a lot of Republicans while the Dems. say bring it on because they know the quickest way for Obama to win is if Sarah is nominated.

    December 4, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Ron Nader

    This just goes to show you, what the GOP is made up of when they say someone like Palin is fully qualified to be the president of United States.... God help us all...

    December 4, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. usualone

    Considering how he nationally spoke right after President Obama with a very weak voice, this really is turning into a joke.

    December 4, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. kds562

    I agree with Jindal that Palin should run but I don't see how he could include her as a governor who had to make tough choices. She saw the money and avoided a scandal, her decision to quit was an easy choice for her.

    December 4, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Louisianan

    Jindal is not qualified either. He is in the process of dismantling State Government in Louisiana. He will regret these words later.

    December 4, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. George Waugh

    Good to see some common sense coming out of the GOP ie. Governor Jindal supporting Sarah Palin's potential presidential bid. It would be good to have a president that is not a member of a secret order such as Freemasons, wouldn't it.

    December 4, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Brett

    When you are as unqualified to be President as Bobby Jindal, ANYONE would seem qualified to you.

    December 4, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Superhiro

    Ummm... CNN? Since when is Bobby Jindal a "Top" Republican? Palin herself is more on "Top" of the GOP than he is.

    December 4, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. LGNY

    Palin is qualified to be President. She clearly meets all of the Constitutional requirements.

    On the other hand, many of the voters do not consider her competent to be President for all the reasons that other posters will flame over.

    December 4, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Louisianan

    Also, he is not a "two term" Governor, and probably won't be. Not that popular here and travels frequently for political reasons.

    December 4, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Breed11

    I don't know why I just can't take this guy seriously, he's like a cartoon character.

    December 4, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Dianne IL

    So, Gov. Jindal, her quitting on her Alaskan constituents half way through her term gives her that vast amount of executive experience, huh? She is good at making the most of HER moment of fame for HER advantage. I will never forget McCain's poor, poor judgement on placing this half-baked Alaskan on the platform of American politics. And if you do decide to run for President, I will not forget your judgement here either. (Maybe Joe Scarborough should consider getting back into elected office.)

    December 4, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. William BAshor

    Bobby Jindal, the best the GOP has to offer.

    December 4, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Jay

    this is funny. Notice he didnt say she was qualified "to be President". Just qualified to run. Heck, if you can file and papers and pay the fee, you are qualified to run.

    December 4, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |