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.”