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Bobby Jindal Unplugged

Tuesday, November 16, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The transcript of my conversation from today’s sprogram with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is here. We cover everything from the president and his team’s very slight grasp on the realities of the oil business to praying the Rosary to his plans. One excerpt:

HH: I’ve got to ask you very quickly. Are you running for president?

BJ: No. I am not. I have written this book, Leadership And Crisis with a lot of great ideas, I think, on how our country gets back on track. We’ve got more work to do in Louisiana. We’ve cut spending 26% since I was elected governor, cut taxes. We have cut spending, and as a result, we have now got the second best economic performance during the recession. Gallup says the third best state at creating jobs. We’ve got more work to do. We’re showing that it can work in Louisiana. And I think governors all over the country are showing Washington we can balance our budgets by cutting spending, not raising taxes. We’ve still got more work to do.

HH: Who impresses you in the Republican field of people who are in fact seeking the nomination?

BJ: You know, I think it’s too early. I think we need to focus on the message, not the messenger. We need a principled conservative who champions the 2nd Amendment, the sanctity of life, who understands the need for fiscal discipline. I’m biased towards governors and executives who have run large organizations, or important organizations that can balance a budget, that have had to meet payroll, that have had to make tough decisions. I think executive experience matters.

HH: I’ve got 30 seconds, Governor. So if the nominee, whoever it is, turns out to you and says Bobby Jindal, will you run with me as my vice president, would you be open to that?

BJ: Well look, I’m not even thinking about that. The only job I want is to be governor of the great state of Louisiana. We’ve got a lot of talented people running. Let’s let them run. Let’s let them offer their ideas. There’ll be a lot of them spending a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire. The job I want is to be governor of this state. I do want your listeners to read the book, thought, and to buy Leadership And Crisis.

As they say, read the whole thing.


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