May 3rd, 2012
09:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Jindal: 'I've got the job that I want'

(CNN) - Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday vaguely responded to questions about him serving as vice president on the Republican presidential ticket in 2012.

"I've got the job that I want," Jindal said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "I know pundits will be speculating on who he's going to pick. At the end of the day, he'll pick the person who will do the best job as president and make that decision not based on political or other grounds."

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"Whoever he picks I'm going to support that ticket. I think it's that important not only for Louisiana but our country," Jindal added.

Jindal threw his support behind Mitt Romney in April, after supporting former presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry earlier in the cycle.

The former congressman has consistently said he intends to continue serving as Louisiana's governor despite questions about his national political future. Jindal was elected to his second gubernatorial term in 2011.

Former George W. Bush speechwriter and CNN contributor David Frum helped increase the Jindal chatter with an opinion piece for CNN on Wednesday in which he outlined the up sides of such a pick for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Romney.

"As symbols go, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a doozy: a brilliant policy mind with an inspirational life story who has run an effective government in corruption-tainted Louisiana. He can talk data with Romney and credibly sit at the kitchen tables of the struggling middle class," Frum wrote. "Which leads to this thought: Bobby Jindal for vice president!"

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Bobby Jindal • Mitt Romney
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Nobody wants to be on the loseing side of the Obama landslide coming in Nov againest the republican bafoons.

    May 3, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Oh goodie, mr mardi gras, no way Jose ever, speaks up that thanks but no thanks. Does anyone, real or a zombie, want to be vp for this sociorobot and kiss theirmpolitical career adios?
    This campaign is turning into a bigger circus than mccain's. He has absolutely nobody right now who can stand up for the little people or who hasn't ticked off everyone but the super rich and the "unwashed masses".
    Plucking someone like back in 2008 didn't work and it's not going to work in 2012! Poor flip floppef nobody likes him and no scrambling by rove, the koch bros, norquist or fat radio boy is going to help you.
    Not thatnthere will be a next time but maybe if you have stayed true to yourself you wouldn't be in this pickle.

    May 3, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Tyrone

    I do like the job Im at Now Because it enables me as a Publican Gov to enact tthe ROMNEY RUBES RYAN ROVE voter SURPRESSION act of 2012. This is so easy to keep these nice folks of color & The Elderly & The Disabled Vets to cast there voices in an American Election. I fully support The Bishops plan to insist on makin it real tough for people of less fortune have their say. The really neet & easy part about it is We can use The Patriot Act caus these folks of the lower class & especially the Poor cant get an ID without an ID. We have no chance of taking the Whitehouse back if we dont Follow Bishop Romneys orders to CHEAT. The Voter Surpression Laws of Florida & Louisiana & Ohio & Arizona Must & will Pass!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. ShawnDH

    My God. Stop trying to make this creepy weenie Bobby Jindal happen. A grown man who goes by Bobby? That's enough right there.

    May 3, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. No plan + no solution + always complaining = GOP

    Who voted for this fool? He is nothing more than a crybaby. Luckliy he is smart enough to realize that he would not be good in the White House in any capacity.

    May 3, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Don't you just love how Republicans find a way to keep a name in the news? Every few hours, another one is making some grand, usually meaningless, announcement. Gov. Jindall would be better laying low like George W. Bush.

    May 3, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Frum is atypically smart and fair-minded for a conservative, so maybe he knows something I don't. All I see when I look at Jindal is a goober "managing the decay" (thanks, Newt!) of one of the states that is the lowest-rated in every socio-economic category.

    May 3, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    This dude is smart, knowing mitt will not win, declines–political suicide in nov.
    Ps: none with brain support bain capital...

    May 3, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Indyswimmer66

    Jindal? The GOP IS getting desperate!

    May 3, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Sniffit

    Booby Jingle followed with, "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a state employee health care and pension plan to raid." Yet another thing the MSM helped the GOP hide by failing to report on it.

    May 3, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. RealityBites

    Quack, Quack Gaffe Gaffe
    Even Daffy Duck would have been better than Joe Biden.

    May 3, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Bill

    Bottom line, no one wants to be on the losing Mittens ticket.

    May 3, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. NotAnotherOffshoreDIngDong

    That’s all we need now is an offshore VP. Jobless rates in America would be 75%.

    May 3, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Malory Archer

    No doubt! Playing Kenneth on 30 Rock is an AWESOME gig!

    May 3, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Larry L

    Don't Republicans ever learn anything? Just because a person is a hateful right-winger and checks an affirmative action box they don't necessarily make a good candidate for Vice President. Think Palin...

    May 3, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Facing off with President Obama is like going into a "Lions Den" and it appears nobody wants to go into the "Lions Den" with Romney. In 2016 all the GOP hopefuls will come out of hiding.

    May 3, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When it comes to the 99% of Americans, republicans can always say, "Omission Accomplished."

    May 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    See that Mittens? Even Bobby Jindal wants no part of you.

    OK, who's next on the shake a bowl GOPer VP lottery drawing for today, CNN?

    May 3, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |