Republicans should give Obama a chance: Bobby Jindal

April 17th, 2009 - 10:18 am ICT by IANS  

Bobby Jindal By Arun Kumar
Washington, April 17 (IANS) Bobby Jindal, Louisiana’s Indian American governor, wants the Republicans to “give the new administration a chance”, asking the former Vice President Dick Cheney to tone down his criticism of President Barack Obama’s national security policies.

“I think Democrat or Republican, we should all agree that our current president, our former president would obviously want to do everything they could to keep us safe,” the Republican governor said on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday. “I don’t think we should question President Obama’s patriotism or his intentions.”

Cheney has been highly critical of Obama, saying on CNN’s State of the Union last month that the president’s policies will “raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”

Responding to a question about Cheney’s remarks, Jindal said it’s fine for both parties to have an “honest disagreement” on the best way to handle America’s national security and praised Obama for “showing more flexibility when it comes to Iraq than maybe some of the campaign rhetoric suggested.”

Jindal, seen as a rising star of the Republican Party, was himself critical of Obama’s message during his trip overseas earlier this month and said he would have liked to see the president offer “more substantive policies.”

“We need to stop going overseas and apologising, criticizing our predecessors,” Jindal said. “I think it’s great that he’s certainly well-received in foreign capitals, but I’d like to see more substantive changes from our allies.”

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