Jindal to endorse Perry
September 12th, 2011
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Jindal to endorse Perry

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing Rick Perry for president, a major endorsement for the Texas governor as the campaign for the Republican nomination enters the crucial fall stretch of the primary calendar, a source tells CNN.

Jindal is on his way to Florida and will be Perry's guest at Monday night's "Tea Party Republican Debate" broadcast on CNN from Tampa, the source said. Jindal is expected to formally make the announcement prior to the debate.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on CNNPolitics.com and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

Jindal released a statement Monday saying, “Rick Perry is the candidate who can lead our party to victory in 2012."

“His record on job creation simply cannot be beat, and the one million jobs he’s helped create as governor is a stark contrast to the 2.4 million jobs lost on President Obama’s watch."

Earlier in the day, Tim Pawlenty endorsed his one-time rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, for the GOP nomination. Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor who dropped out of the race last month, will be Romney's guest at the debate.

An interview with Jindal will air exclusively Monday evening on CNN's "John King, USA."

Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Content Partner • Rick Perry • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Just Saying...

    yet another reason to not vote for Perry...

    September 12, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Harry

    And I thought all Indians are smart.

    September 12, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. zb

    The moron endorsing the idiot, isn't that swell. The thing that I like about this being a TParty sponsored debate for Republican Candidates is it finally removes any doubts that the Republican Party and the Tparty are the same and that the Republican party has now fully shown itself to be the party of lies, hypocrisy, ignorance, stupidity, hate, and exploitation, while favoring tax cuts to the rich and corporations and tax increases for everyone else. The real slogan of the Republican/Tparty should be "Making the World Safe for Exploitation."

    Here’s a funny: the Republican/Tparty claims to hate what they call bailouts to business but don’t mind giving tax cuts to business. In other words they don’t mind giving money to those who don’t need it but they can’t stand helping those who do. And what did the bush tax cuts get us: millions of jobs and industry sent to China.

    September 12, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It's official now. It's over. Bobby knows that Perry is the one who can rally the tea baggers and bring the anti worker, anti middle class, anti social security, anti medicare, anti health reform, anti veteran, anti teacher, anti Hispanic, anti Black, anti senior, anti union, anti women's rights, anti firemen, anti policemen, anti Muslim, and the anti environmental protection group of the republican base together.

    September 12, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Terry

    Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum – When you see them coming voters run. Neither of these fellows can be classified a viable leader.

    September 12, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. John

    So one Dummy endorse they other Dummy. Rick Perry shouldn't even be a loud to be GOV,he a trader to his country. He wanted Texas to secede from the Union. That should have him put In JAIL for treason. This man will make America worse not better.

    September 12, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. MAngeline

    Wow...Bobby Jindal...how impressive...ya sure!! His endorsement will surely make folks want to hop on the band wagon. Still laugh when I think of his response to the State of Union address...absolutely hilarious. Talk about a deer in the headlights!!

    September 12, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Dave Elliott

    Isn't Jindal the one that has been complaining that Fema wasn't prepared and didn't do enough during Katrina and the oil leak. Now he is backing a guy that wants to do away with the agency that didn't do enough. These republicans can't seem to make up their minds, can they?

    September 12, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. me

    Who cares that Jindl is backing Perry? Too many questions about this fast talking Texan.

    September 12, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. AW

    Jindal is just as transparent as Pawlenty. He is also vying for vice president.

    September 12, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Ol' Lefty

    Jindal has come out against Federal funding of Volcano research (presumably because Louisiana doesn't have volcanoes) and Perry is apparently opposed to science in general. Perfect match of ignorance.

    September 12, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. shannon g

    Jindal has proven to be an idiot. Whom ever these GOP think is the hottest candidate they jump on the bad wagon.

    September 12, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Kevin in Atlanta

    Why are the other 6 candidates even still wasting their money? The media has already decided that the GOP race will come down to Perry vs Romney.

    I'm so glad I have CNN/Fox/MSNBC to think for me and tell me who to vote for. Heaven forbid I make a terrible mistake and vote for one of the other guys who actually shares my interests (Huntsman).

    I'm such a fool.

    September 12, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. keeth

    Jindal was against the stimulus and then wrote large checks using that money to hand out to people of LA for him to use as photo ops, never once mentioning that the money came from the feds. Yeah, he's honest AND credible. Fail.

    September 12, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. zb

    What do Jindal and Perry have in common: They are both Governors of states with some of the worst record of healthcare (especially for children), education, poverty, budget deficits. They are both at the top of every bad list and the bottom of every good list. Once again we are reminded that the Republican/Tparty is leading us in a race to the bottom.

    September 12, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Rick Proschold

    Both Perry and Jindal are a little too strange for me. As a matter of fact, the current GOP lineup seems just a bit scary

    September 12, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. rs

    ....And another nearly moderate Republican bites the dust and drinks the TEA. Too bad. If the moderates keep getting turned there will be about Zero electable candidate very shortly for the GOP.

    September 12, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. John

    Wow thought Jindal was smarter than that. Wake up people a TEA PARTY candidate will never win a national election. Not to mention one that wants to destroy Social Security and Medicare/Medicade! Try and sell Ponzi to the Florida voters.

    September 12, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Geoz

    Add "idiot" to your resume Jindal.

    September 12, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Duh: Perry took into Texas half the population of Louisiana after Katrina- which was hugeky admirable and the job was well done. But Bobby is endorsing Perry because he might need Texas again-I think they are very different otherwise.

    September 12, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. SCAtheist

    Wow the two creationist monkeys are hooking up.

    September 12, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. dlr

    Rick Perry for President. Did someone really post they were glad they lived in California and not in Texas? All I can say is WOW!

    September 12, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. dlr

    Rick Perry for President. Did someone really post they were glad they lived in California and not in Texas? All I can say is WOW!

    September 12, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Doc M

    Vote for Perry if you don't care what happens to this country, the environment, education, or any kind of medical research. Very scary, indeed!

    September 12, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. NoTags

    Honestly, does anyone care or predicate their vote on what one politician thinks about another politician?

    September 12, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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