Jindal says something is wrong with Republican PartyNovember 17th, 2008 - 10:51 am ICT by ANI
New York, Nov.17 (ANI): Louisiana s Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal is of the view that there is something wrong with his Republican Party, and that it needs to do three things to get back on track.
Talking to CBS” Face The Nation on Sunday, Jindal said:. “Number one, we have got to stop defending the kind of spending and out-of-control spending that we would never tolerate in the other side. You know, when voters tell us that they trust Democrats more to cut their taxes [and] control spending, that tells you something is wrong with the Republican Party. We”ve got to match our actions with our rhetoric.
“Number two, we”ve got to stop defending the kinds of corruption we would rightfully criticize in the other party, and number three, we have got to be the party that offers real solutions to the problems that American voters, American families are worried about, he added.
We don”t need to abandon our conservative principles; we can”t just be the ”party of no.” We need to offer real solutions on making health care more affordable, on the economic challenges facing families, on the international threats,” Jindal said.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who also participated in the program, said Jindal represented the Republican Partys future.
“When you look at the governors - Governor Jindal and what he’’s doing in Louisiana; you look at Governor Mitch Daniels, who won by 20 points in Indiana, while McCain was losing it; Governor Jon Huntsman, who has the lowest unemployment rate in the entire West in Utah and a 1 billion dollar surplus last year, about a 300 million dollar surplus this year - there are a lot of lessons to be learned out there.”
Gingrich also predicted that losing Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would be a much bigger story in the short run.
You”re going to see a group of governors emerge, not just Sarah Palin. And there are 36 governorships up in 2010, he said, adding that the Republican partys focus would be on rebuilding itself at all levels, rather than pitching for Palin to be the de facto leader of the party.
“I think that she (Palin) is going to be a significant player. But she’’s going to be one of 20 or 30 significant players. She’’s not going to be the de facto leader,” Gingrich said. (ANI)
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