Analysis: Jindal lays down 2016 marker
January 25th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
10 years ago

Analysis: Jindal lays down 2016 marker

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - At one point, the banging of the drums and the screeching of the horns could be heard two hotel ballrooms away. The band warming up down the hall was loud enough Thursday night that it distracted some in the audience, but not Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who, at hyperspeed, laid out his vision for the Republican Party and the nation.

"We have to stop looking backwards," Jindal said in his headlining speech at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. "We've got to boldly show what the future can look like with the free market policies we believe in."


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  1. Name Stephen

    Mr Jindal has no credibility he said President Obama was a terrible president and was Mitt Romney attack dog. Now he wants the voters to believe him. Go get Cj watts if you want people to half way believe you. Jindal has done a terrible job in louisana

    January 25, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Moose

    Free market is whats it all about, for all of America.

    January 25, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. rs

    It is ironic that Jindal is the GOP's voice of reason-especially given the condition of Louisiana. Aside from the alienation of minorities from the GOP for a variety of reasons (policy all the way through the open hostility the GOP holds for Women, Gays and Hispanics), I think the GOP DOES need to examine its funademental philosophies- not only because they turn groups of people off- but because they are wrong- morally, ethically or scientifically. In this day nd age, blatant racism is just wrong (i.e. the "Birthers", the hostile talk and catagorization of the "takers"). Environmentalism was essentially invented by the GOP under Nixon in the creation of the EPA- today the GOP would destroy that agency in a heartbeat and undo years of pollution reform in pursuit of the almighty dollar. Likewise the GOP's open disregard for the middle class with anti-labor laws. Their worship of the rich is both obvious and gross. Finally their lust for open conflict at home (with blatant obstructionism) and abroad (with numbingly bad foreign policy and bombastic language agaiinst other nations) must end.
    Can they pull it off? Can they become a mainstream party again? Yes, but they'll have to banish the idiots (Akin, Mourdock Paul et al), and kill their radical child (the TEA Party), and divorce themselves from their radical lobbyists- the NRA and anti-tax mavin Grover Norquist.

    January 25, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Evergreen

    "Free Market." Does he mean unregulated market?

    January 25, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Facts don't Lie

    The GOP is a mess and it's going to take more tan one election cycle to fix it UNLESS President Obama and the Democrats mess things up so badly that even a person like me would vote GOP in 2016. (I have voted for Republicans in the past but this present bunch is beyond pathetic) He calls them out for being "stupid", well the so-called base of the Republican party is what is stupid and the rest seem to be afraid of them. Yes stop looking backward and get out of your time warp. As long as the GOP caters to it's backwoods base, FoxNews, Rush Limbaugh, the NRA,and the like they will always be a party of dysfunction. You only need read some of the stuff that right wingers post here on this site on a daily basis to see what I am talking about.

    January 25, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    More than 80% of Indian Americans and more than 70% of Latinos voted for Obama.

    Republican never nominate Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, And Governor Brian Sandoval for President , they are in the wrong party

    January 25, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Jerubbaal

    He'll never make it out of the primaries. My money is on Rand Paul, the GOP base will not vote for another establishment candidate, they want a true conservative.

    January 25, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The people will have a decision to make in 2016. If they want to continue the Liberal Policies of the last 75 years they will be looking at more and more and more Federal Debt, slow to no Jobs along with higher and higher cost of living along with less and less productivity and a depression ten times worse than the last one. Putting the Government in charge of your life is a real intellegent plan. The Liberal's want to Re-Invent to Soviet Union. Better pull your head out of the sand and take charge of your own life. You will be no worse off than what the Lib's offer you.

    January 25, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Sniffit

    ""Free Market." Does he mean unregulated market?"

    Indeed. It's their code phrase for euphamizing the concepts of "plutocracy" and "corporate imperialism."

    January 25, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. rs


    He'll never make it out of the primaries. My money is on Rand Paul, the GOP base will not vote for another establishment candidate, they want a true conservative.
    I'm curious- to those of us on the outside, the candidates in the republican ranks that are called "establishment" are generally more acceptable, while the "conservative" ones appear to not be conservative- and like Paul- well, crazy (to me) and therefore unacceptable.

    For you or other Republicans what or whom defines "conservative" and what or whome defines "establishment"? Is Jindal not "conservative"?

    January 25, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. rs

    Ray E. (Georgia)
    Get over it. The great mass of the Federal Debt came from the "cut taxes and spend" Republicans, and please stop calling Obama "liberal". Yes, he is more "libreral" that the extremist Right, but he is in no way on a par with Johnson or McGovern.
    Reality- try it!

    January 25, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. JV

    rs: they (conveniently) forget that the US went from a creditor nation to a debtor nation under the policies of Reagan.

    January 25, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Facts don't Lie

    Republicans like Jindal are always crying for smaller government, yet if you look at the states that need the most help, have the lowest educated people, have the most poverty they tend to be RED states, his included. Even here in Texas once you get outside the major metro areas it falls into the same boat.

    @ Ray E. (Georgia)

    so WHAT liberal agenda has been going on here the past 75 years? I guess then the Regan and Bush doctrines were liberal huh? This is an example of what I mean by LESS educated in Red States. Even the so-called news organization
    that the right follows has been proven to be the most to get misinformation. Sad indeed.

    January 25, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    If you aren't capable of taking care of yourself of course you need a Nanny. The Great Mass of Federal Debt is because of Social Programs put in place by Liberal's. However no one is paying for them so the Debt Goes up. But peolee voted for it. They bought the Snake Oil. Still got your head in the sand, I see. The Liberal's and Democrats want to run the country but they want the Conservatives and Republician's to pay for it.

    It is mostly Republician's but not all that go to school, get an education, build a business and then hire mostly, but not all democrats to work for them. Mitt Romney is a good example. But many of you don't want to work for your supper, you want someone else to do it for you. Look for the Depression to arrive very soon. Those Cold Hard Facts just can'r be ignored as much as some try.

    January 25, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |