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article imageBobby Jindal Calls Halt to Presidential Draft Movement

By Carol Forsloff     Jun 16, 2009 in Politics
If the Republican Party is looking to groom a rising young ethnic to be the Presidential candidate for 2012, it might likely have to rule out Bobby Jindal. Jindal has asked supporters to end efforts to draft him for a presidential election.
Jindal’s wife’s uncle was on board as part of a group in a grassroots effort to help establish a base for the son of an immigrant family from India. Jindal, who won the Governorship of Louisiana in 2007 maintains he has the job he wants and wants to do a good job of running the State of Louisiana. He has now said he wants a halt to any campaign to draft him for a Presidential bid.
Jindal, along with Sarah Palin, had been speculated as one of a number of young, upcoming Republican hopefuls thought to be Presidential possibilities for the opposition against Barack Obama in 2012. Jindal secured national attention, but not on the positive side, for the Republican Party rebuttal to President Obama’s inaugural address.
Republicans were said to have high hopes for the youthful Louisiana Governor, but these were reported dwindled after Jindal’s performance. He was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for both the style and substance of his speech. He had criticized government spending for emergency economic relief while the State of Louisiana had received billions in federal assistance after Hurricane Katrina. His speech presentation was panned as awkward and compared to Kenneth Parcell, the nerdy page on NBC’s comedy show “30 Rock.” A Facebook group called “Bobby Jindal is Kenneth the Page” attracted 1800 members shortly after his speech.
Jindal has advocated for intelligent design and creationism to be taught in Louisiana schools as part of the science curriculum along with Darwin and evolution. The bill to allow this passed easily with the Governor’s approval in 2008. in spite of entreaties from different science and educational groups opposing it.
Jindal, who has an A+ rating by the National Rifle Association, was in back of a bill to stop federal officials from confiscating legally owned firearms. He said on television during Hurricane Katrina that he would have wished all New Orleans citizens had guns to protect themselves.
The stance on abortion taken by Jindal has also been among the most conservative views. Jindal, who is Catholic, believes in having no exceptions in denying women the right to an abortion. Abortion rights, presently legal under federal legislation, would be completely abrogated by Louisiana whose state laws deny women the right to an abortion under any condition. It is considered to be the most stringent of anti-abortion bills. Jindal has declared he is “100% pro-life, no exceptions.”
Although there were celebrations in India when Jindal won the governorship of Louisiana, many voters of India ancestry opposed his election because of what they considered his extreme stand on social issues. The following summary, given by one of his critics that outlines Jindal's positions, have been described by a number of newspaper sources during Jindal’s political career. “He even stands apart from some of his fellow Republicans by supporting an abortion ban without taking into consideration exceptions for the life of the woman, the health of the woman, rape, or incest. He values the life of an unborn fetus over the life of its much-living mother. He is light on gun control and even garners an ‘A’ Rating from the Gun Owners of America. He is for offshore oil and natural gas drilling which prompted his own party’s environmental watchdog to given him demerits. Further, he believes in teaching of intelligent design in schools and doesn’t support hate crime legislation.”
Jindal’s positions reflect conservative values, many of them like those of Sarah Palin, also considered a 2012 Republican Presidential contender, but do they represent the future of the Republican Party? No one knows the direction the GOP might take in 2012, but Jindal says firmly he doesn’t want a draft movement for the Presidency. Some might consider this a reasonable move given his performance after Obama’s inauguration and the fact that his positions on various social issues may not correspond with the rank-and-file voters outside the State of Louisiana.
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