Monday, November 17, 2014

Jindal gets some tough questions on 'Meet the Press'

Bobby Jindal was elected Louisiana Governor in 2007, and re-elected in 2011. In 2012 he gave speeches around the country on his version of Republicanism in attempting to build a national profile. He got some mention as a potential Vice-Presidential pick for Mitt Romney, but was not on any short list of which I am aware.

He now seems to be signaling his "availability" as a presidential contender, speaking to Republican groups in Iowa and New Hampshire among other stops. He is considered a longshot at best.

It is my opinion that Jindal has neglected his duties in Louisiana for his barnstorming. In trying to bolster his reputation as a staunch conservative he has sacrificed the state's best interests in favor of his national image. His policies have harmed the educational system of the state and its social programs.

The Daily Beast points out that, among governors: "Jindal has a 35/53 approval/disapproval number, putting him 18 points under water, a figure only better than Illinois’ Pat Quinn and Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee, who are not seeking re-election."

Jindal is the son of Indian immigrants, but has asked Congress to resist President Barack Obama's promised executive action to help parents of children legally in the United States to remain and get work permits.

The following was excerpted from an article by
Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune, in The Times-Picayune on November 16, 2014

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gets some tough questions on 'Meet the Press'


On NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd asked Jindal why he's considering a run for president when "a majority in Louisiana disapprove of your job as governor. Why is that a launching pad to Iowa and New Hampshire?"

"Chuck, I don't care at all about poll numbers," Jindal responded. "I never have. The reality is I was elected in Louisiana to make generational changes. Look at what we've done in Louisiana. So now, we've cut our state budget 26 percent, cut the number of state employees 34 percent."

He also said that the state has "the best private-sector economy in a generation," transformed the state's Charity Hospitals and implemented statewide school-choice programs so parents can choose the best school for their children, including private and religious institutions.

Todd also asked Jindal about the state's fiscal problems, including "a nearly $1 billion hole your budget. Every midyear review, your deficit has grown. You did a big tax cut at the beginning of your term as governor. Revenues haven't followed."

"That's not actually true, Chuck," Jindal responded. "The $1 billion is if you assume we grow government next year. Our budgets have been balanced every year."

On "Meet the Press," Jindal again said he hasn't decided whether to run for president.

"First half of next year," he said of his time table for a decision. "We are praying about this. But bottom line is let's restore the American dream for our children and grandchildren."

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