Jindal reiterates lack of interest in US vice president post

April 29th, 2008 - 10:07 pm ICT by admin  

New York, April 29 (IANS) Bobby Jindal, the Indian American governor of Louisiana — though flattered by rumours of a possible nomination by the Republican party as running mate to presumptive presidential candidate John McCain, is happy in his present job and would even seek another term. Appearing Monday on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” with host Jay Leno, Jindal said: “I’ve got the job I want. I told the people of Louisiana this is a historic opportunity to fix our state. I want to be involved in doing that.”

Jindal, 36, the youngest governor in US, took office in Louisiana, considered a badly managed state, in January after a spectacular poll victory. Son of Indian immigrants, he is also the nation’s first Indian American governor.

Speculation over Jindal’s vice presidential nomination started after radio show host Rush Limbaugh floated the idea in February, calling him “the next Ronald Reagan”. Others cottoned on, saying he would be a good foil to a much older McCain and will add much needed diversity to the ticket, considering the Democrat opponent will be a woman or an African American.

On the show with Leno, Jindal also declined to comment on his party’s possible vice presidential nomination.

“It would be like saying I’m not going with that pretty girl to the prom before she asks you,” Jindal explained. “I want to be governor of Louisiana. If they let me I’d like to run for re-election.”

As for McCain, last week he took Jindal along while touring the Hurricane Katrina hit areas in New Orleans, but declined to comment on the selection process for his running mate.

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