Jindal warns GOP candidates against Social Security ‘demagoguery’
September 13th, 2011
09:53 AM ET
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Jindal warns GOP candidates against Social Security ‘demagoguery’

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for Republican presidential candidates taking aim at Rick Perry’s positions on Social Security: lay off.

Jindal endorsed the Texas governor’s presidential bid on Monday ahead of the CNN/Tea Party Debate in Florida.

He jumped head first into his new role as campaign surrogate in the post-debate spin room and defended Perry after he came under attack from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who claimed in the debate that Perry is scaring seniors with his blunt talk about re-structuring Social Security.

“I don’t think any Republican candidate should be engaged in the same kind of demagoguery, the same kind of negative political attacks we would expect to see from the Democratic Party,” Jindal said when asked about Romney’s Social Security offensive.

Romney accused Perry of frightening senior citizens by calling Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and said the Texan once characterized the entitlement program as unconstitutional.

Jindal did not mention Romney by name, promising to “honor President Reagan's commandment about not criticizing fellow Republicans.”

But it was clear that Jindal was directing his comments at Romney.

“Every time folks like Paul Ryan or Rick Perry are brave enough to talk about entitlement reform, we see the ‘Mediscare’ attacks, we see attacks, that this an intergenerational attack or class warfare, we see those same type of attacks over and over,” Jindal said. “I don’t think Republicans should be doing that.”

Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Rick Perry • Social Security
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  1. carly

    Can anyone take Bobby J seriously after his rebuttal to Obama's speech in 2009. This guy is a clown and a hypocrite. Let us not forget one of his finer moments of cashing in on the Stimulus while bashing it.

    September 13, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. FM

    Jindal did not mention Romney by name, promising to “honor President Reagan's commandment about not criticizing fellow Republicans.”

    Hello Jindal, since when you abandoned your party? You are just doing the same by criticizing your fellow Republicans (the candidates)!

    September 13, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. 4merRepubCT

    Did anyone tell Jindal that this was a debate? The entire purpose of which is to give each candidate an opportunity to argue their positions against the others. The voting public needs to know what the candidates stand for before they go to the primaries. The GOP cannot expect that they will hold hands and form a friendship circle.

    September 13, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Jindal did not mention Romney by name, promising to “honor President Reagan's commandment about not criticizing fellow Republicans.”
    Reagan made that infamous comment to protect himself. He knew he had flaws and simply didn't want them put on display. His campaign rivals foolishly complied, and Reagan went on to win on his name recognition.

    September 13, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Heads up, Bobby Jindal ... horse left the barn months ago. I don't believe I've ever seen the Grand Old Party in such disarray. Probably a good idea if the old guard hadn't expected so much from their "young guns" and given them free reign. Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor are all great examples of loose screws sink ships.

    September 13, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Stephen in VA

    It's so funny seeing a Republican tell Republicans not to do things Republicans have become so famous for over the past couple of years, on the logical basis that it's a Democrat thing to do.

    Silly Republicans. If it walks like a Republican, and talks like a Republican, and attacks anything that stands in its way, then it must be a Republican.

    September 13, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. DA

    Uh, sorry BJ it is call political campaigning or survival of the fitness!!!

    September 13, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    I do not agree with Gov. Jindal on this point. As candidates for the Republican nomination ( and likely becoming the next President ), views on issues are what we want to hear. This is the right time to bring those views out and to allow candidates to distinguish themselves. In fact, this in many cases is how many voters learn about issues they may not be as familiar with. This is the process and we should be confident enough to let it work.

    I should add however, that any disagreement should be presented as a difference with the issue and not be used as ammunition for a personal attack on the candidate. This is unproductive and not what voters want to see.

    September 13, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Jack

    Oh, I see. Let's be quiet so people don't know what the GOP is really up to. If the GOP doesn't talk about Social Security then no one will know that they want to end it. Hmmm. That'll work.

    September 13, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Ray E. Georgia

    It is time to return Social Security back to the people where they can be responsable for their own future. It is time to end Entitlements in the Federal Government. The prople in each state can decide if they want to continue it or not. The U.S. Constutition does not give the Congress the power to take money from one person and give it to another. We can't keep borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar. It is time to balance the books and pay off the 14.5 Trillion Dollar Debt.

    September 13, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Atlanta Independent

    Everybody need open there eye's could you imagine if Perry become president if he cut Social Security out it will be starving senior citizens and more homeless senior citizens. Jindal need to fix New Orleans and fix the poverty in LA.

    Independent votes for Biden/Obama 2012

    September 13, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    in other words, "LEAVE RICK PERRY ALONE"! sniff, sniff just leave my buddy alone.

    September 13, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Susan

    i work with many indians. jindal, they are ashamed of you.

    September 13, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |