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NRI Bobby Jindal will be the keynote speaker at Republican gathering
The dinner is March 24 in Washington

Washington, D.C, Jan. 23, 2009
Surinder Mehta & Gary Singh/LA

NRI Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, has been chosen the keynote speaker at an annual fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committe on March 24, 2009, where former President George W. Bush has had that role every year since his first election in 2000.

National Republican Congressional Committe (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, has sent email to all supporters and wrote:

  • Bobby is a rising star and is a part of a new generation of leadership in our party.
  • He has a budding record of success, having implemented sound, common sense business practices since he took office in 2007 and started rebuilding his great state.
  • Jindal had accepted the invitation to speak.

There is strong speculation that Jindal is readying for a run for president as he has rejected that idea repeatedly last year. From this news, Jindal is trying to raise his national profile.

In December, 2008, Jindal had delivered a keynote address at a conservative group's dinner in the Iowa State, which is considered to be the presidential battleground, giving fuel to the speculation that the Louisianan Governor is eyeing for the 2012 elections

Sam Hannah, Jr. of the Ouachita Citizen predicts Jindal's high popularity rating will take a big hit. Bobby Jindal has a track record of being able to cut spending, as he did as head of the Louisiana health services some years ago. If he can navigate these tricky waters as well this time, his standing nationally will remain high and even rise.

On December 10, 2008, Bobby Jindal was in Virginia and had something to say about the speculation that he might run for President in 2012:

  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he’s not interested in a 2012 run for president and will seek re-election in 2011.
  • At a news conference Wednesday with Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s 2009 Republican candidate for governor, Jindal was asked if he was interested in being president.
    • Jindal’s reply: “No.”

He elaborated that he intends to run for re-election as Louisiana’s governor. He did not preclude the prospect of changing his mind, however.

There are two ways to look at this.

  • First, if Jindal really is seriously thinking about running in 2012, it’s far too early for him to say so publicly and the type of denial he issued today is fairly standard political fare.
  • The second possibility, though, is that Jindal genuinely isn’t interesting in a 2012 run and may be looking further down the road to 2016, at which point he would be ending his second term as Louisiana’s Governor.

The out-of-state trips that raise his national profile are generating speculation that Jindal is considering a future run for the White House.

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Bobby Jindal has skipped the presidential inauguration ceremony because he doesn't like big crowds and prefers to watch it on television. Jindal said Tuesday that he had high hopes for the presidency of Barack Obama. He said he'd watch the ceremony on television and would discuss its importance with his three young children.