Jindal unsure about convention attendance - again
August 26th, 2012
11:07 AM ET
10 years ago

Jindal unsure about convention attendance - again

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal may miss attending and speaking at the Republican National Convention for the second time in a row.

With Tropical Storm Isaac picking up strength as it heads toward the Gulf Coast, including his home state, Jindal's convention speech is in jeopardy – as it was four years ago, when Hurricane Gustav slammed into New Orleans.

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"The Governor was slated to speak at the convention in 2008 when Gustav hit, he not only didn't speak, he didn't even go," said Jindal's communications director, Kyle Plotkin, in a statement to CNN. "He will certainly not leave the state if our people are in peril."

Jindal was scheduled to arrive in Tampa on Tuesday to speak before the convention that night. A popular two-term governor, he was thought to be on Mitt Romney's short list for vice president.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced Saturday night that all programs for Monday, the first day of the convention, were cancelled. Instead, the convention will formally open and immediately adjourn for recess until Tuesday afternoon.

The governors of all the Gulf Coast states in the current path of the storm canceled or delayed their trips to the convention. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will no longer attend the convention, while Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant delayed his trip due to the storm.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, whose state is hosting the quadrennial GOP gathering, cancelled his Sunday and Monday night convention plans but remained in Tampa to monitor the situation.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Florida • Republican National Convention
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ted

    Who cares? You do need to be in Louisiana for the hurricane. But since you sunk your national political future with that idiotic response to Obama's speech a few years ago, it would be best to get out and fill sandbags.

    August 26, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. myviewis

    This is the one of the many on-the-job experiences President Obama did not acquire which is one of the experiences that contributes to why Obama has not done a good job running the country. All Governors are hands-on-the job right now, dealing with safety, water & food issues, tourism, preparing for catastrophy possibilities, evacuating strategies, shelters, assistance to the elderly, electrical problems, theft, health issues, flooding, transportation, schools, airports, etc.... Obama never faced any of this responsibilities, duties as did Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush.

    August 26, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. drake mallard

    "Sometimes we have to stand on our heads on order to see things right-side up."

    August 26, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Sorensen

    Poor, little Jindal. He is unsure about everything. And he should not speak in public. Even his mother would be

    August 26, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. rs

    MyViewIs- Yes, that is why G W Bush did such a great job during Katrina,(or 9/11, or Afghanistan, or Iraq or...) right?

    Look, it is about capability and decision-making. Something the GOP apparently is no longer capable of. They sat out the last 4 years in a temper tantrum oppossing Obama at every point. It now shows. The GOP is operating with no reality basis; they are a gaffe-riot, a clown car, a ship of fools; they have not one clue how to fix their mess, and; they want deperately to go back to the failed Bush-o-nomics, and cut taxes for the rich.

    What the GOP stands for makes no sense whatsoever. Voting GOP is voting against yourself.

    August 26, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Stay home. Jindal doesn't want to repeat the same mistake as President Bush, a simple fly over to view a disaster area.

    August 26, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. kristy

    Is anyone else extremely gleeful that the republican convention has been delayed by the storm? I never thought I would be do happy to hear about a level 2 hurricane possibly hitting a area! Hopefully no one gets hurt though.

    August 26, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Robert Franks

    Anyone hear about the Democrat who lost his post for sexual harrassment of at least two girls on Friday?

    On this Friday? (To be clear – Friday August 24th 2012.)

    Why not? (His Last name begins with "L" – bing it)

    You hear non-stop pounding from the democrat controled press about what a republican said. But not a peep on this!

    After Nov 6th, it will be years before you hear Atkin's name.

    Cancel the debates – or moderators announce your loyalty Obama!


    August 26, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Robert Franks

    So much about Atkin? Will we hear his name ever again after Nov 6th?

    Research Lopez – Democrat NY. No story there – he actaully did something, not just spoke about it...

    August 26, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    Isaac is heading straight for the panhandle of Florida and Louisiana; it would be a category 2 or greater when it hits. The Governors in both of these state should be more concerned with the safety of their citizens than a convention. Besides, those attending the convention will spew the regular hate against President Obama whether Jindal is there or not!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Wary Forward!!

    August 26, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. mcskadittle

    who really thought that romney would choose a vice president that was Lilly white

    August 26, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. carlos

    for jindy not to give a speech AGAIN, there is a powerful force behind it, but his sister with the two pounds of make up to hide her hindu heritage will be there.....nothing will be missed.

    August 26, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Hopefully, the Republican'ts won't cancel any more days and hopefully this is the worst hurricane in U.S. history making Hurricane Katrina look like a 5 MPH wind gust and wipes out the entire GOP delegation and the Temple of Doom where they are planning to hold their secret "closed-to-the-media middle-class invasion war plans strategy."

    August 26, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. M

    What lame brain scheduled the Republican National Convention in Florida during hurricane season?

    August 26, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. gord

    jindal is lucky obama went after BP, or he would have been toast a long time ago

    August 26, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. myviewis


    for jindy not to give a speech AGAIN, there is a powerful force behind it, but his sister with the two pounds of make up to hide her hindu heritage will be there.....nothing will be missed.

    What's wrong with Jindy being Hindu???? Why couldn't a Hindu American be president someday?????

    August 26, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |