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Jindal Excites GOP
As a Possible Running Mate
Louisiana Governor
Of Indian Descent
Has Youth and Zeal
By COREY DADE and ELIZABETH HOLMES
June 5, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Before Sen. John McCain could begin speaking at a town-hall meeting here Wednesday, he first had to quiet a crowd gone wild for Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal -- a politician who not long ago would have been inconceivable in Louisiana.

 
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, at a McCain campaign event Wednesday
Gov. Jindal, a child of Indian immigrants who has a gift for oratory, is the first minority to govern Louisiana since African-American P.B.S. Pinchback held the office for 35 days during Reconstruction.

The similarities between the 36-year-old Gov. Jindal and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama are tantalizing to many in the Grand Old Party. After only 143 days as the nation's youngest sitting governor, Gov. Jindal's name is being bandied about as a potential running mate for likely Republican presidential nominee Sen. McCain.

"The governor has been able to reach across the aisle and get things done for the people of Louisiana, help the folks in New Orleans in the recovering from the storm," Sen. McCain said of Gov. Jindal, during a news conference.

"That would be something that I could show the American people as a way that people from both sides of the aisle, Republican and Democrat, can sit down and work together."

Sen. McCain didn't talk about his process for selecting a running mate, and Gov. Jindal insists he's not campaigning for the slot. Sen. McCain has met repeatedly in recent weeks with Gov. Jindal, as well as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The McCain campaign has said nearly two dozen people are being considered.

Whatever happens, Gov. Jindal, an Ivy League intellectual with a reformist's zeal, has come to represent for some party leaders the youthful streak and problem-solving approach to government they believe are critical to reinvigorating a Republican Party adrift under a deeply unpopular president.

"Bobby Jindal...is somebody who could be touted as part of the next generation of national Republican leaders. And they should be touting him," said one of the governor's mentors, U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery, of northern Louisiana.

Sen. McCain has visited Louisiana four times in the past several months, a tacit admission that the Bush administration's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina remains a memory he must address for many Americans.

That's especially true at a time when Republican wedge issues such as opposition to gay marriage and illegal immigration appear increasingly less effective, even in places like Louisiana.

 
Gov. Jindal has succeeded in the state at gaining the backing of social conservatives and pro-business fiscal hawks, while appealing to moderate suburbanites -- the formula many Republicans believe Sen. McCain must achieve to win the presidency.

Gov. Jindal has done it partly by making clear he personally embraces social conservative orthodoxies such as opposition to abortion and gay marriage -- but soft-pedaling them in public. While running for governor in 2007 (he narrowly lost an earlier bid for the office in 2003), he rarely raised such hot-button issues on the stump. Instead, he campaigned largely on free-market themes such as cutting taxes to stimulate growth, and a populist pledge, honed from his days as a state and federal technocrat, to solve problems. Gov. Jindal, a double major in public policy and biology at Brown University, who passed up acceptances at both law school and medical school to be a Rhodes Scholar, won the election running away.

But that strategy may be hard to pull off in the glare of a national candidacy when his views on issues such as abortion and religion in schools would certainly be meticulously examined. The Louisiana governor, who converted to Catholicism from Hinduism in college, is against abortion in nearly all circumstances and supports teaching "intelligent design" in public schools. As a congressman, he voted to build a fence at the Mexico border.

"If you look at him in a glimmer, he looks like a golden guy, the next face of the Republican Party," said Julie Vezinot, spokeswoman for the Louisiana Democratic Party. "But more will come out about him and that he voted in lockstep with the Bush administration."

In office, Gov. Jindal has pushed a nuts-and-bolts agenda. On his second day as governor, he began revamping regulations that had severely hampered the state's recovery from Katrina. Then he pushed through one of the strictest ethics laws in the nation. Since then he has won approval for five tax breaks for businesses and upper-income taxpayers, and spent more than $800 million on crumbling levees and infrastructure. His latest initiative to improve work-force training takes a page from the playbook of a big-city Democrat and gives it a free-market twist: realigning vocational-school curriculums to meet the needs of big employers.

Gov. Jindal's signature program is a revamped approach to rebuilding the wrecked Louisiana coastal parishes. When he took office, the state had spent less than half of $26 billion in federal funds for hurricane rebuilding. Another $15 billion for housing, businesses, schools and local governments sat unused. He consolidated programs under a single agency, which imposed stricter performance penalties on contractors and streamlined processes. The state's biggest program, which will award roughly $10 billion in rebuilding grants to homeowners, is on pace to give all homeowners their grants by August.

Gov. Jindal dismisses the idea that he is a "Republican Obama," but close advisers and other party officials embrace the idea. As for his party's troubles, Gov. Jindal said Republicans have "lost their way."

"The party lost its discipline when it came to spending," he said in an interview. "It began to defend practices we used to say were wrong when other people did them, like corruption and earmarks."

On the circuit, Gov. Jindal can attract the kind of youthful, star-struck adoration typical of fans of Sen. Obama. Mary Beth Crifasi, an 18-year-old from New Orleans who plans to major in political science at the University of Mississippi this fall, came to an appearance of Gov. Jindal and Sen. McCain in New Orleans on Tuesday night. Wearing a Bobby Jindal T-shirt with pearls and a cardigan, she stood on a chair so her father could take a picture with the governor in the background.

"He's so personal and just very healing, very down to earth," she said. "He's a great guy."

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008, 03:01:15 pm »
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Eh. I like him but not for VP.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008, 03:58:48 pm »
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Please take him!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008, 04:02:31 pm »
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He would be an awesome VP.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008, 08:21:14 pm »
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Jindal is utterly terrible so no.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008, 08:56:31 pm »
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You certainly can't complain about Obama's "inexperience" if you put him on the ticket.
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You certainly can't complain about Obama's "inexperience" if you put him on the ticket.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008, 09:39:56 pm »
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Piyush Jindal would sorta take a lot of the steam out of those 527 ads (that are probably already in production) attacking Barack Hussein Osama.
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Just why would Jindal be qualified to be president at the present time? 
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008, 10:05:22 pm »
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Jindal would have been Governor for over four years now if it weren't for racism.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2008, 11:42:18 am »
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We should definitely consider Jindal, but not for 2008... the man is not even 40 years old, and has only been governor for less than a year!! If the GOP chooses him, I've lost all respect to our party, because then it's so obvious that we're trying to offset the race card. Save Jindal for 2012 or 2016...he'll still be young
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2008, 07:22:04 pm »
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You certainly can't complain about Obama's "inexperience" if you put him on the ticket.
Piyush Jindal would sorta take a lot of the steam out of those 527 ads (that are probably already in production) attacking Barack Hussein Osama.


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Piyush Jindal would sorta take a lot of the steam out of those 527 ads (that are probably already in production) attacking Barack Hussein Osama.

Why?  McCain is going to reject those ads the second they come out... if they do... and probably vehemently so... having Jindal on the ticket could easily prevent that from happening at all.

As for "inexperience" Jindal has at least as much experience in government as Obama.  He was the head of the commission in 1999 to determine how Louisiana should best spend its tobacco settlement.  He was the Louisiana Sec. of Health and Human Services.  The Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.  The Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Two term member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  And he has actually served in his current office, unlike Obama who immediately started running for President the second he was elected to the Senate, over possibly the worst Senate candidate of this decade.

Obama's experience?  "Community Organizers" and two term member of the Illinois State Senate.
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2008, 07:36:47 pm »
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And even if McCain did die and Jindal had to take over, he still would have had at least sometime as VP.
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Piyush Jindal would sorta take a lot of the steam out of those 527 ads (that are probably already in production) attacking Barack Hussein Osama.

Why?  McCain is going to reject those ads the second they come out... if they do... and probably vehemently so... having Jindal on the ticket could easily prevent that from happening at all.


yeah, just like Bob Corker "rejected" the Harold Call Me ad, yet the RNC kept running it. McCain has too much integrity to run a Rove/Atwater type campaign: some of those supporting him however, do not.
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Piyush Jindal would sorta take a lot of the steam out of those 527 ads (that are probably already in production) attacking Barack Hussein Osama.

Why?  McCain is going to reject those ads the second they come out... if they do... and probably vehemently so... having Jindal on the ticket could easily prevent that from happening at all.


yeah, just like Bob Corker "rejected" the Harold Call Me ad, yet the RNC kept running it. McCain has too much integrity to run a Rove/Atwater type campaign: some of those supporting him however, do not.

Exactly.  I am not worried about McCain running an honorable campaign.  I am worried about those he cannot control. 
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And even if McCain did die and Jindal had to take over, he still would have had at least sometime as VP.

And that my friends is why stating that putting Jindal on the ticket makes it so we can't attack Obama's "experience" if Jindal is on the ticket is a terrible argument.

There is a big difference between having a rookie starting quarterback (Obama) and a rookie second string (Jindal).
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And even if McCain did die and Jindal had to take over, he still would have had at least sometime as VP.

And that my friends is why stating that putting Jindal on the ticket makes it so we can't attack Obama's "experience" if Jindal is on the ticket is a terrible argument.

There is a big difference having a rookie starting quarterback (Obama) and a rookie second string (Jindal).
but Obama has a way better arm.
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And even if McCain did die and Jindal had to take over, he still would have had at least sometime as VP.

And that my friends is why stating that putting Jindal on the ticket makes it so we can't attack Obama's "experience" if Jindal is on the ticket is a terrible argument.

There is a big difference having a rookie starting quarterback (Obama) and a rookie second string (Jindal).
but Obama has a way better arm.

McCain has an even better arm, has more experience and has better instincts in the pocket Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2008, 08:34:22 pm »
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Jindal would be a blessing to the Democrats.
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I would love Jindal as VP.  Piyush Jidal doesn't sound at all Arabic.  I think most Americans can tell the difference between Arabic and Indian names (or maybe I'm giving most Americans too much credit).  Besides, the few people who will take the B. Hussein Obama thing into consideration would vote for the "terrorist" on the bottom of the ticket rather than the top.
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I think most Americans can tell the difference between Arabic and Indian names (or maybe I'm giving most Americans too much credit). 

I doubt most Americans could locate the Middle East and India on a map, let alone differentiate between regional name differences. The American people are very stupid; hence the art of manipulating them exists within politics.
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And even if McCain did die and Jindal had to take over, he still would have had at least sometime as VP.

And that my friends is why stating that putting Jindal on the ticket makes it so we can't attack Obama's "experience" if Jindal is on the ticket is a terrible argument.

There is a big difference between having a rookie starting quarterback (Obama) and a rookie second string (Jindal).

One year of sitting around and basically attending state functions is fine experience to be president?

See Eliot Spitzer for how long "some" time as VP can be, (though Paterson had plenty of prior experience in the State Senate.)
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yeah, just like Bob Corker "rejected" the Harold Call Me ad, yet the RNC kept running it.

Please don't use the word "rejected" in quotes as I have reasonably direct knowledge that he actually did reject it and his campaign wished the RNC would butt out and take their losing messages somewhere else.

(it should be noted that Ford did just marry a white woman though Tongue)
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Jindal would be a blessing to the Democrats.

Yeah, pretty much.
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