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Bobby Jindal: No Veep For Me

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he doesn’t want to run for Vice-President:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he will not run for vice president on the GOP ticket, making him among a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race.

Jindal’s comments come as speculation is swirling that John McCain might announce his running mate choice imminently, as a way to draw attention away from Barack Obama’s high-profile overseas trip.

The Louisiana governor told “FOX & Friends” that he’d be “surprised” if the McCain campaign came down with a decision this week. And he threw water on the buzz about his own chances.

“Let me be clear: I have said in every private and public conversation, I’ve got the job that I want. And I’ll say again on air: I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee or vice president. I’m going to help Senator McCain get elected, as governor of Louisiana,” Jindal said.

“I look forward to continuing to be governor of Louisiana. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to improve our state. We’ve cut six taxes but we’ve got a lot more work to do right here in Louisiana. … I’ve never talked to the senator about the vice presidency or his thoughts on selecting the vice president.”

Well, that’s about as Shermanesque as you can get isn’t it ?

When you get right down to it, though, Jindal would’ve been a bad selection for McCain. He’s too young and, though not as bad as Dan Quayle was in 1988, far too inexperienced. Especially if part of McCain’s effort to contrast himself from Obama is the experience issue. Comparatively speaking, Obama and Jindal are about the same on the experience scale and, because of McCain’s age, he needs to pick someone who he can credibly argue would be ready from the start to be President.

Because, odds are, they’re going to have to be if McCain is elected.

H/T: Donklephant

3 Responses to “Bobby Jindal: No Veep For Me”

  1. Jonathan says:

    I get aggravated at all the attention Jindal has been getting in regards to this election. I like the guy a lot – and being from Louisiana I know how much work needs to be done over there… and if there’s going to be any shining example on what conservatism can do for people, the media needs to leave Jindal alone and let him do what he does.

    I also don’t understand how many times Jindal needs to say he’s not running for VP before it will stop appearing on news headlines.

    I remember a similar thing that news was coming out two or three times a month between January and December last year with Gore announcing he wasn’t running for president.

  2. Raymond says:

    Jonathan, that’s because the broadcast media and to a lesser extent the print media thinks that once they say it it’s fact. They’re not used to reality talking back to them.

  3. Kevin says:

    Bob Novak’s reporting that the likely McLame VP is Multiple Choice Mitt Romney. The evangelicals have threatened to bolt if he’s the nominee, however Multiple Choice Mitt does put Michigan in play and secures Nevada for McLame.

    Either way, McLame’s VP contest is probably a lose-lose for whoever accepts it.

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