Jindal’s not running for president, but…

November 15, 2010

LOUISIANA GOVERNORS ELECTIONFirst, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he isn’t running for president. Then out comes his prescription for righting the national economy. 

“What I’m saying is, if we actually focus on the real challenges facing our country, not get diverted into taking over car companies and healthcare (but) cut taxes, create jobs, our country can get back on the right path, right direction,” the rising Republican conservative star of the South tells NBC in an interview.

Political oracle Karl Rove has anointed Jindal as one of 10 potential GOP presidential candidates for 2012.  Seven others on the list are also current or former state governors. But the 39-year-old son of Indian immigrants is the only one who is his state’s first nonwhite governor since the Civil War era, whose popularity among voters that has scored one decisive election victory after another.  

Jindal is running. But officialy speaking, that’s only for reelection as state chief executive. “Next year, you’ll have a lot of Republicans in Iowa. I’m sure I’ll be in Louisiana,” he predicts.

But wait. Don’t forget that on his watch Louisiana’s economy has outperformed the nation’s, with unemployment rates below Southern and national averages, or so he asserts in a burst of enthusiasm.   

Anyone who’d like to learn more can read his new book — “Leadership and Crisis” — which talks at length about what he views as the deficiencies of President Obama — the obvious main opponent for any Republican who might consider a 2012 White House run.

The book goes on sale today and signed copies may be available along the route of his promotional tour. One scheduled stop is California’s Reagan Ranch Center, located on the spread that was President Ronald Reagan’s vacation home and known as the Western White House  while he was in office.

OBAMA/You can’t get more presidential than that. Or can you? 

“I’m running for reelection for governor of the state of Louisiana next year. But I want folks across the country to see what we’ve done in Louisiana. I think they can learn from those experiences. I think if the federal government would do what we did — cut spending, cut taxes — we’d have more better paying jobs in the private sector for our children and grandchildren.”   

Photo Credits: Reuters/David Rae Morris (Jindal with Family and Supporters); Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama)

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