Jindal says “No” to 2012 bid

By VA Blogger

Politico’s Ben Smith is reporting Jindal’s answer at a campaign stop with Bob McDonnell.

Now, it’s always possible Jindal is being coy, and running for re-election in 2011 wouldn’t preclude him from setting up an organization quickly to compete nationally. However, it would be tough.

Frankly, I’m happy Jindal is taking a pass. In my opinion, he’d be much better off waiting until 2016, right after he completes his second term as Governor, when he’d still only be 45 years old. Even if a Republican defeats Obama in four years and Jindal has to wait until 2020, he’d still be under 50. There’s plenty of time, and no need to rush him into a national race.

It’s also good news for Huckabee fans.


  • RichmondDem says:

    I didn’t expect he would run, because he’s so young there is plenty of time. Plus running against an incumbent is tough.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    Lining up to be a VP selection, especially if the nomination goes to say a Romney next time around. There will be a struggle between forces in the GOP in case any one hasn’t noticed that ground work is already being laid amongst social conservatives and fiscal conservatives/social moderates of the Party.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    Plenty of time for Mr. Jindal. 2016 is going to be much more fluid year in any event, if Obama serves two terms.

  • Moderate R says:

    Keep in mind, Obama himself said he wasn’t going to run in 2006 after he got elected. So take what Jindal’s saying with a grain of salt. If Obama has a shaky first term and his halo is a bit battered, things might look differently to the good Governor.

  • Va Blogger says:

    True, but the concern is running for re-election then competing in the Iowa Caucus two months later.

  • RichmondDem says:

    Yeah, Va Blogger is right. As it stands now it you have to start a year before Iowa to build organization and have a chance. Late comers get screwed (see: Wes Clark, Fred Thompson). Unless he suddenly decides not to run for re-election as Governor of Louisiana, I don’t see him going back on this.

  • Alter of Freedom says:

    The path appears easier as a VP selection does it not? Okay, maybe the exception to the rule is Palin but we all know that was mainly because she scared the b-jesus out of the left, but Jindal can take a page out of the playbook and engage in leadership areas domestically as he has already and boning up on all things foriegn policy related. In deference to Palin, I think he can expect great interest as a VP and he knows it as opposed to Palin rather hastily entry into the fray. Can’t wait for the whole smear…he is rather young, inexperienced and no military experience other than heading the Guard. I still believe even without Jindal on the stage in the debates for the GOP nomination, the field will be very thick.

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