Bobby Jindal again denies running for vice-president

July 23rd, 2008 - 11:40 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, July 23 (IANS) Bobby Jindal, Indian American governor of Louisiana, has reiterated that he does not want to be considered as the running mate for John McCain, scotching media speculation that the Republican presidential candidate was meeting him Wednesday to be able to decide the matter this week. “I look forward to continuing to be governor of Louisiana. This is a once in a lifetime chance to improve our state. We’ve cut six taxes but we’ve got a lot more work to do right here in Louisiana,” Jindal told FOX & Friends, a morning TV programme, Wednesday.

Jindal said he did not have any inside information on whether McCain would make a decision this week on his pick for the No.2 spot.

“I’ve never talked to the senator about the vice-presidency or his thoughts on selecting the vice-president. I would certainly be surprised if they made a decision this week, but that’s entirely up to the senator and his campaign. They’ll make that decision I think when they’re ready,” he said.

Jindal said the ability to possibly serve as president is the most important quality for a vice-presidential candidate.

“I think the most important thing in picking a vice-president is not what state they come from, not what demographic they appeal to, but rather whether the senator thinks this person would be ready to be president if - god forbid - that situation arises. That’s probably the only thing that should matter,” he said.

The Washington Post’s politics blog, The Fix, said earlier this week that McCain’s meeting with Jindal in New Orleans was possibly over selection of a running mate, quoting sources close to the McCain campaign. It added that McCain’s trip to Louisiana Wednesday was not in his earlier schedule.

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