UPDATE: Speculation that McCain would give Jindal the nod increased with McCain's visit to New Orleans yesterday, but Jindal is saying forget it, McCain won't ask.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he loves being governor and plans to run for a second term, dismissing rumors that U.S. Sen. John McCain might want him as the GOP candidate for vice president.
"He's not going to ask," Jindal, who spent Thursday morning with McCain in New Orleans, said during a later solo stop in Monroe. Talk of Jindal as a vice-presidential candidate began earlier this year and intensified with McCain's visit to New Orleans on Thursday.
At this stage Jindal's denial is really meaningless - anything can happen this far away from the convention..
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Bobby Jindal: Is he the GOP Anti-Obama?
March 23, 2008
He's the GOP Change Agent, and Rush Limbaugh loves this guy as McCain's VP.
The "Hardball"interview below took place October 25, 2007. It'll give you a taste of who Jindal is and where he hangs his hat.
This second clip is a Louisiana TV commentary that unabashedly gushes over Bobby Jindal for his small government, open and honest approach and "success" out of the gate as LA Governor, pushing for and achieving major reforms in his first legislative session.
Louisiana Family Forum Action Executive Director Gene Mills and Former La Senator Dan Richey offering political commentary as featured weekly on "Baton Rouge Today." New Governor Jindal's first Special Session was impressive, productive and good for Louisiana!
Here's the New York Times article mentioned towards the end of the commentary.
Six weeks into the term of Gov. Bobby Jindal, an extensive package of ethics bills was approved here this week, signaling a shift in the political culture of a state proud of its brazen style. Mr. Jindal, the earnest son of Indian immigrants, quickly declared open season on the cozy fusion of interests and social habits that have prevailed among lobbyists, state legislators and state agencies here for decades. Mostly, he got what he wanted.
Mr. Jindal, an outsider to that rollicking if sometimes unsavory banquet, a Republican with a missionary's zeal to smite Louisiana's wickedness at one of its presumed sources, called on the Legislature to reform itself and its high-living ways.
Grudgingly, pushed by public opinion and business pressure, it went along. When the legislative session ended Tuesday, lawmakers had passed bills aimed at making their finances less opaque, barring their lucrative contracts with the state -- some have been known to do good business with them -- and cutting down on perks like free tickets to sporting events. The bills, which advocates say will put Louisiana in the top tier of states with tough ethics rules, now await Mr. Jindal's signature, which should come early next week.
Mr. Jindal overcame resistance by convincing lawmakers that no job growth would occur in the state until it cleaned up its act and brought its ethics laws into the national mainstream.
Jindal switched his religion from Hindu to Catholic, and in his race for Louisiana Governor last November, a four-way race which he won handily with 54% of the vote, the Louisiana Democratic Party launched an attack against Jindal's religious affiliation, drawing particular scrutiny to comments Jindal made in a paper he wrote titled "How Catholicism Is Different."
And I love this comment by Jindal. He was left with this impression after attending a Protestant Service:
"I was disappointed by a mildly interesting sermon delivered by a part time preacher who reminded me of, and may have been, a used car salesman; the cheap theatrics failed to entertain, much less inspire me."
He'd certainly fit right into the race for the White House.
Here's the Democratic Ad that failed to head off his election:
And Rush Limbaugh remarks:
"I did an interview with Bobby Jindal. He is the next Ronald Reagan, if he doesn't change. Bobby Jindal, the new governor of Louisiana is the next Ronald Reagan. ...He's the guy that beat the liberal Democrat machine throughout Louisiana. He did it on 100% conservatism."
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