Jindal stays quiet on 2016 White House bid
November 13th, 2012
10:14 AM ET
10 years ago

Jindal stays quiet on 2016 White House bid

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is keeping mum about his interest in running for president in 2016, but is speaking out about the Republican Party's direction and will soon find himself with an opportunity to prove his chops as a party leader.

"I got the best job in the world and I'm going to be focused on being governor of this great state for the next three years and being chairman of RGA next year and getting a bunch of great Republican governors elected," he said in an interview with Politico published Tuesday morning.

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Jindal's answer, which the outlet says was a "dodge" to a direct question about a run for president, comes as he prepares to take the helm of the Republican Governors Association. Next year two governorships currently held by Republicans will be on the ballot.

Jindal has been seen for several years as a rising star in the GOP who is well-versed in the policy issues, especially entitlements and spending.

In the interview, he said the GOP needs to "stop being the stupid party" and truly expand its tent.

"It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments - enough of that," he said, according to Politico. "It's not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can't be tolerated within our party. We've also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters."

Jindal initially backed the presidential bid of his western neighbor Gov. Rick Perry, then campaigned for and alongside Mitt Romney.

He was elected to a second term as governor in 2011 and previously was twice elected to the U.S. House. When some speculated he would be a possible vice-presidential candidate, he insisted, "I've got the job that I want."

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Double b

    BJ has as much chance of getting the nomination as Mitt Romney would for a 2nd loss. Who are these "pundits' think they are kidding. Look, just read nate Silver for the next four years and relax.

    November 13, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Jesse

    Politico is already worried about 2016? How about focusing on policies of here and now? A lot will change in 4 years anyway. Focus on Fast and Furious and Benghazi. focus on states rights not just for drugs (as in Washington and Colorado) but also Montana and 10 other states of the firearms freedom act. ACA is here to stay. It still needs tweaking and help Americans unite again. Maybe take a look at building codes 60 years old! Poured reinforced concrete homes, pex plumbing, shingles that are also solar panels (they work great too), laminated glass windows, stryker 2 door jambs, small wind turbine, Bill gates New toilet concept. We want a real space program that will create jobs! enough worrying about 2016.

    November 13, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. tam

    If such a segment of Americans can't handle a "black" man in the White House, can they accept a brown one?

    November 13, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. LucyRicardo

    It's not the color, it's the weird culture he comes from. Pushy, obnixous people

    November 13, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. LucyRicardo

    That's pushy, obnoxious . . . typo in original.

    November 13, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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