Jindal stays quiet on 2016 White House bid
Louisiana governor has been seen for several years as rising star in GOP
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is keeping mum about his interest in running for president in 2016, but is speaking out about the Republican Party's direction and will soon find himself with an opportunity to prove his chops as a party leader.
"I got the best job in the world and I'm going to be focused on being governor of this great state for the next three years and being chairman of RGA next year and getting a bunch of great Republican governors elected," he said in an interview with Politico published Tuesday morning.
Jindal's answer, which the outlet says was a "dodge" to a direct question about a run for president, comes as he prepares to take the helm of the Republican Governors Association. Next year two governorships currently held by Republicans will be on the ballot.
Jindal has been seen for several years as a rising star in the GOP who is well-versed in the policy issues, especially entitlements and spending.
In the interview, he said the GOP needs to "stop being the stupid party" and truly expand its tent.
"It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments - enough of that," he said, according to Politico. "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."
Jindal initially backed the presidential bid of his western neighbor Gov. Rick Perry, then campaigned for and alongside Mitt Romney.
He was elected to a second term as governor in 2011 and previously was twice elected to the U.S. House. When some speculated he would be a possible vice-presidential candidate, he insisted, "I've got the job that I want."
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