Jindal ‘rejects’ Obama impeachment calls from fellow Republicans
August 25th, 2013
02:40 PM ET
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Jindal ‘rejects’ Obama impeachment calls from fellow Republicans

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers who suggest there are grounds to impeach President Barack Obama are focusing their energy in the wrong direction, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said on Sunday.

Jindal, a Republican, said GOP lawmakers should focus instead on getting rid of Obama’s signature health care law and promoting greater school choice for parents.

“Look, I reject that kind of talk,” Jindal said of impeachment chatter, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“The reality is I didn’t like it when the left spent eight years trying to delegitimize President Bush, calling to question his election. I don't think we should be doing that to President Obama," continued Jindal, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

At least three congressional Republicans have floated impeachment this month while speaking with constituents at town halls.

On Thursday, video surfaced of Sen. Tom Coburn responding to a question from a constituent by asserting the president's policies were approaching a legal standard for impeachment. Without using specifics, the Oklahoma Republican pointed to what he called "intended violation of the law" by Obama's administration, as well as general incompetence of some of his appointees.

"I don't have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors - but I think they're getting perilously close," Coburn said, adding Obama was a “personal friend.”

Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold told his Texas constituents earlier in August that the House of Representatives "could probably get the votes" to impeach Obama.

And in a video posted online Tuesday, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan responded to a woman during a Q&A session that "if I could write that bill and submit it," he said, moving to impeach Obama "would be a dream come true."

That sort of talk, Jindal said, wasn’t going to help Republicans push through new policies.

“The reality is one of the great things about this country is we do have a peaceful transfer of power,” he said. “I disagree with this president's policies, but instead of talking about impeachment, let's get out there and let's have a legitimate debate, let's fight his policies, let's try to repeal Obamacare, let's try to promote school choice, let's fight against more government spending.”

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. NationUnderGod

    That is what we want to get done!! We are tired of a liar, who has made things way worse than ever. He has no idea of what needs to be done. Obama has taken this whole country on a roller coaster ride with our lives in the seats. Nothing has happened since he was instated 5 years ago. I don't care how people feel about him enough is enough!!

    August 26, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    That's because Bobby is catching the clue that the tea folks are loonies and that calling for impeachment – when even the GOP's own leaders admit there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING – is just another nail in the GOP's coffin.

    Hate to break it to you, Bobby, but we caught on a loooooong time ago that your party has been taken over by a bunch of lunatics. And we will show you all just how much we know come November 2014 when we send ALL the rethugs packing.

    August 26, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @nintex: "I taught elementary school for too many years not to recognize the typical fourth-grade playground tactic of whatever you're doing that got you into trouble, point at the other guy and yell and scream as loud as you can that he started it and it's all his fault."

    You are being generous by comparing the GOP and their base to fourth-graders. They remind me more of my kids when they were three ...

    August 26, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    I think this impeachment talk is rabble rousing to an audience that wants to hear . Its also from two only Republican house members who don't actually see the grounds to do it as you report = impeachment.
    Me, fed up of this go for it Republicans place you impeachment ideas and make it fact!!
    Ooooops how many seats do you wanna lose in the 2014 house elections And senate!??

    August 26, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  5. Mike

    All of you are idiots!!!For you people that have no clue.... here's some stats on this CRUMMY President..... President Obama doesn't seem to believe in the capitalistic system and has instituted major regulations which have stunted economic growth. The social justice economic plan is failing and American's are suffering. Economy and wages are stagnant and the quality of life is down and continues to be so. Here are some facts to back that up. * 7 out of 8 jobs created are 'Part Time' * 54% of American's make 'Less Than' $54,000 a year * Avg duration of Unemployment: 20 weeks in 2009 / 37 weeks now * More than 8 Million Americans stopped looking for work. * Trade deficit with CHina was $268 Billion, $315 Billion in 2012 * Poverty rate stands at 16%. That is the 'Highest' since 1965 when started. * Food Stamps, Under Obama, have increased by 11 Thousand 'PER DAY' under his watch . * Gas: 2009 = $1.85 per gal Now: $3.53 per gal. * Avg. Worker Health Insurance costs have 'Increased' by 29% and going higher due this horrible ObamaCare. So while some of you run around not know 'Jack' and think this guy is 'Likable'.... he has no clue on what or how to fix this economy. Any of you who say, "Oh, well look what Bush did that's why!" Well, you have NO CLUE. This President has increased the debt of this country MORE than ALL Presidents COMBINED! Get a clue people.... this guy and his socialistic beliefs are Killing this country. And we've got 3.5 more years of it. WoW!

    August 26, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  6. Thomas

    Where's the Jobs ?

    August 26, 2013 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  7. Gwiz

    i dont think ive ever heard something than trying to impeach obama hes by far one of the best presidents weve had he led us out of the republican caused recession had actually ripped the defecit in half without the sequester. companies are coming back to america like apple and GE .if a republican has controlled a state in the last 10 years its collapsing now michigan wisconsin north carolina and california are or were republican states look at detroit and stockton. and they want to impeach obama what about all the crazies running around congress they should get paid on job performance they havent performed they shouldn't get paid go dems 2014

    August 26, 2013 03:42 am at 3:42 am |

    Looks like Bobby Jindal fell out of lockstep. The Guns Over People Partial Government Shutdown Tea potty will call him a RINO.

    August 26, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  9. Minne Mouse

    Go ahead, Jindal and push for another record breaking deal for count number "41" for "No Repeal" for the "Affordable Care Act". Keep wasting everyone's time, including your own. Your not even looking at all of the good that this signature healthcare law has been doing. Look at all of the children who have pre-existing conditions that have been getting the care they need now for months because of this new law. If the care is taken away from these children it will greatly effect them and the families who love them, let alone who's to say if would be a life or death situation for any them without the current care they are receiving. The people in our country need healthcare. You all have no other plan, so move on with the repeal because it's never going to happen. There's no plan out their that's going to make it happen because you all don't have one!

    Try having to watch a family member struggle losing a loved one because the insurance stopped paying on them because it was capped out! I think it's time for everyone in our government to just move on from this subject and start doing something that is beneficial to our country. The health of everyone in our country is beneficial and everyone who's trying to continually stop something that is good, I have a serious problem with that because your not doing anything to come up with anything better.

    August 26, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  10. Minne Mouse

    Add on: This is one that thing the entire country needs to get a grip on and understand. Regardless if this Affordable Care Act (Obamacare ) did pass, did not pass, is funded or defunded, it's everyone's responsibility to take care of his or her own health!

    There are companies that do not offer healthcare, the costs are to high so we have those can't afford healthcare, people with pre-existing conditions that cannot get coverage, the insurances cap out after certain dollar amounts and then stop paying for on peoples health ect........... ...... There are good reasons why the "Affordable Care Act" passed.

    August 26, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  11. RomneyWho

    Republicans . . . What a wast of government! America, majestic in all Her beauty and greatness chooses the sad act and practice of "Cutting" To deface and cover herself with scar like tattoos of hypocrisy and bigotry. Do you think it's because they can't take being "Eye Balled" from a black man, who just happens to be The President of These United States of America, The greatest country that never was?

    August 26, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  12. JY

    Go figure, from birthers to impeachers. hey GOP grab it between your thumb, no never mind, you would not get it anyway.
    GOP Generallly Obnoxious Party.

    Try leading and governning instead of destroying

    August 26, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. JY

    GOP The "Great Obstructionist Party", the party the lead to the destruction of America.

    August 26, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  14. t

    ......GOTP is a party of foolhardy undereducated people, led by smart and knowing thieves of the middle class........

    August 26, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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