Here is video of Gov. Haley Barbour on “CBS This Morning” today, where he reacted to Gov. Bobby Jindal saying the Republican Party has to “stop being the stupid party” – referring to remarks made by some GOP candidates during the 2012 Campaign that hurt the party. Barbour agreed with Jindal’s statement, and said Republicans must not nominate candidates that play right into the plans of Democrats.
On whether Barack Obama is trying to “annihilate” the Republican Party, Barbour said the reality is that “this is the most political Presidency we’ve ever had. It’s the perpetual campaign.”
Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal will assume leadership of the Republican Governors Association, nad may be getting himself ready for a 2016 run at the Presidency. In an interview yesterday, Jindal called for the Republican Party to be the Party of “big ideas” and “solutions” that appeals to every American voter:
POLITICO: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich.
In his first interview since his party’s electoral thumping last week, Jindal urged Republicans to both reject anti-intellectualism and embrace a populist-tinged reform approach that he said would mitigate what exit polls show was one of President Barack Obama’s most effective lines of attack against Mitt Romney.
“We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything,” Jindal told POLITICO in a 45-minute telephone interview. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
He was just as blunt on how the GOP should speak to voters, criticizing his party for offending and speaking down to much of the electorate.
“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal said. “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.” . . . Read More
Here is raw video, from the AP, of Gov. Mitt Romney visiting hard-hit areas of Louisiana from Hurricane Isaac. Romney joined Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in surveying the flooding and damage, along with his wife, Ann.
Romney changed his schedule this morning from a planned rally in Virginia with Paul Rayan to come to Louisiana. His visit appears to have worried the Obama Campaign enough that they have suddenly changed their plans in order to visit the area. Obama was to be in Ohio Monday to campaign, but has now canceled that appearance and will head to Louisiana:
UK DAILY MAIL: President Barack Obama was today forced to announce he will fly to storm-hit Louisiana on Monday – hours after Mitt Romney beat him to the punch by deciding to head there this afternoon.
After it emerged that Obama was still taking time to fit in a campaign stop in Cleveland, Ohio before checking out how clean-up operations are proceeding in the Bayou state, the Obama campaign abruptly cancelled that event.
In light of the President’s travel to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, President Obama will no longer travel to Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, September 3,’ the campaign said in a terse statement.
Romney had changed his schedule to head to an affected town outside New Orleans while Obama, who has yet to visit the Tropical Storm Isaac zone, headed off to Texas to campaign. . . . Read More
Fresh off his Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney will head to Louisiana today to join Gov. Bobby Jindal in visiting areas hard hit by Hurricane Isaac:
ABC NEWS: In a last-minute change of plans, Mitt Romney will head to visit storm-affected areas in New Orleans today, skipping a previously scheduled joint rally with running mate Paul Ryan in the battleground state of Virginia this afternoon.
A Romney aide told ABC News that Romney will “join Gov. Jindal and will meet with first responders, thank them for their work and see areas impacted by the storm in LaFitte, La.”
Jindal cancelled his plans earlier this week to attend the Republican National Convention after Hurricane Isaac moved up the Gulf Coast and wreaked damage across Louisiana. Two deaths have been reported in Louisiana as a result of the storm and widespread damage and flooding. The storm hit on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. . . . Read More
Here is video of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal saying Barack Obama “is the most incompetent” and “most liberal President since Jimmy Carter.” Jindal said Obama’s policies have failed and that he needs to be “kicked out of office” in November.
A new article in the Washington Times names Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as the three candidates who could do Mitt Romney the most good in unifying the Republican Party as his Vice-Presidential Nominee:
WASHINGTON TIMES: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has emerged as one of three Republican officeholders who political handicappers say have the most potential to unify the party and boost the fortunes of GOP standard-bearer Mitt Romney as a running mate in November.
While Mr. Romney has revealed little about his vice-presidential search, Mr. McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are widely seen as reliable economic and social conservatives at a time when the party faces the possibility of factional divisions heading into next month’s convention in Tampa, Fla.
The Virginia governor, experienced analysts note, is a staunchly pro-life Catholic with a fiscally conservative reputation and no known opposition among evangelicals, whose votes have been vital to GOP electoral success and many of whom are skeptical about Mr. Romney’s Mormon religion.
The Virginia governor is considered a competent, and at times engaging, speaker not likely to upstage Mr. Romney — unlike, say, more charismatic figures such as Mr. Rubio or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. . . . Read More
Here is video of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal telling Greta Van Susteren that Louisiana will not create the ObamaCare exchanges mandated under ObamaCare. Jindal said “Absolutely not,” and that”we need to do everything we can to repeal ObamaCare.”
Jindal was even more pointed, saying ObamaCare is another “entitlement” program created at just the wrong time, further driving up the nation’s debt during an economic crisis:
“Greta, let’s step back and realize what they’re doing. In the middle of the greatest recession since the Great Depression, the President has created yet another entitlement program. We can’t afford the ones we’ve got! $1.76 trillion in new spending – Over $500 billion in tax increases – Over $500 billion in Medicare cuts. This is simply not affordable. It’s not sustainable.”
Jindal also had a word as to what is really behind Obama’s push for taking over Healthcare in America:
“You know we used to celebrate when we got people off of Government programs. Instead, this President seems to want to make more and more Americans dependent on the Government.”
From “Morning Joe” today, here is Gov. Bobby Jindal making the point that President Obama is simply unable to run on his record, and is therefore, trying to run against former President George W. Bush:
“Now all of a sudden he’s trying to run against President Bush, eight years too late for that. He’s offering the same old policies and now trying to divide us based on class lines, on race lines, on gender lines, and any lines to help him get re-elected, so, absolutely I think the American people aren’t better off.”
Here is video of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Fox News yesterday where he slammed President Obama as someone who is going to “savagely attack Mitt Romney” because he “cannot run on his record.” Jindal predicted every week will bring a new attack by Obama because he wants to distract from his dismal economic record.
“President Obama hasn’t run anything before he was elected President of the United States. Never ran a state, never ran a business, and never ran a lemonade stand. This job’s too important for on-the-job training. In contrast, Mitt Romney’s been a successful governor, successful businessman; he’s got the executive experience.”
Here is raw video from yesterday of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal explaining to reporters why he has decided to endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry for President. Jindal said Perry’s track record on jobs and the economy in Texas made it clear to him that Rick Perry is “who we should elect as the next President of our great country.”
Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal will reportedly endorse Gov. Rick Perry for President later this evening just prior to the CNN/Tea Party Express Republican Presidential Debate to be held in Florida. Jindal will attend the debate tonight as Rick Perry’s guest:
CNN: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing Rick Perry for president, a major endorsement for the Texas governor as the campaign for the Republican nomination enters the crucial fall stretch of the primary calendar, a source tells CNN.
Jindal is on his way to Florida and will be Perry’s guest at Monday night’s “Tea Party Republican Debate” broadcast on CNN from Tampa, the source said. Jindal is expected to formally make the announcement prior to the debate.
On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the “Tea Party Republican Debate,” live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. . . . . Read More
Here is video of Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that he has no intentions of running for President in 2012. Jindal was unequivocal in his declaration that he will not seek the Presidency in the coming election cycle, but will instead run for re-election as Governor of Louisiana. Matthews had speculated that Jindal’s new book signaled he intended to make a run for the GOP Nomination.
Here is video of Fox News’ Bret Baier profiling Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal as a possible 2012 Presidential candidate. Baier has been doing a “12 in 2012″ Series, in which he is profiling 12 possible candidates for the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination.
Jindal said he is “absolutely” for repealing ObamaCare, and that it needs to be replaced with more patient/doctor-centered approaches. If nominated, Jindal would be the first minority ever to run on a GOP Presidential ticket.
Jindal said “this war on Islamic Terrorism” is the top Foreign Policy issue facing America. He admitted that his performance in giving the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address in 2009 “proved I cannot read a teleprompter.” He wishes he had just spoken from “bullet points” instead of reading his speech off the prompter.
On running for President, Jindal said he is not planning to do so because he has the job he wants – Gov. of Louisiana.
Here is video of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blasting President Obama’s offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, saying it is “bad for our security” and “bad for our economy.”
Jindal said President Obama actually said to him in person during one of his trips to the Gulf Region, that if people in Louisiana lose their jobs because of the moratorium – “they can file a BP claim.” The audience gasped in disbelief when Jindal revealed Obama had said that.
In response, Jindal said he told the President, “With all due respect, what if BP doesn’t pay?” Obama said, “Don’t worry, Governor, they can file an unemployment claim.”
Jindal said he told Obama, “With all due respect, Mr. President, our people don’t want a BP check or an unemployment check – we want to go back to work.” That is a concept Obama simply cannot fathom.
Jindal said they simply “don’t understand in Washington D.C.” He has been told by Obama officials “the rigs will come back.” But Jindal said it costs $500,000 a day for those rigs, and they simply won’t wait out a six-month moratorium. He said two rigs have already left the Gulf region, and more will follow. It will cost 20,000 jobs in Louisiana alone, with thousands more to follow up and down the Gulf coast.
This is the best I have ever heard Bobby Jindal. Notice he is not speaking with a teleprompter. His disappointing performance giving the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union in 2009 was largely because he was not free in his movements or speaking style. He looked and sounded like someone reading off a teleprompter. Jindal needs to always speak like this. He is very effective and forceful when he speaks more freely.
Here is video of GOP Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking at a rally of workers and calling on the U.S. Government to not fight the decision of a Federal Judge to strike down President Obama’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling.
“Listen to the Federal Judge. Listen to your own hand-chosen experts who are telling you,’You can drill safely – just provide the proper ovesight.’”
He said it is “important that thousands of Louisianans don’t lose our jobs due to this arbitrary moratorium.”