On CNN’s Starting Point this morning, Soledad O’Brien spoke with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and, much to his apparent chagrin, repeatedly tried to get him to acknowledge whether he would be open to being presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney‘s running mate.
“Let me ask you a question, sir,” said O’Brien. “David Frum has a new column out, and if you get the Google alerts about your name as I get about mine, you would know he’s pitching you to be vice president. ‘Bobby Jindal is a brilliant policy mind with an inspirational life story who has run an effective government in corruption-tainted Louisiana. He can talk data with Romney and sit at the kitchen table of the struggling middle class, which leads to this thought, Bobby Jindal for Vice President.’ Yes or no?”
“Look, I’ve got the job that I want,” Jindal responded. “I know pundits will be speculating on who he’s going to pick. At the end of the day, he’ll pick the person who will do the best job as president and make that decision not based on political or other grounds…”
“So let me get back to the first part of that. Sounds like a no,” O’Brien pressed. “So if he called you up and asked you, that would be a no?”
“Well, look I’ve got the job that I want,” Jindal reiterated, seemingly amused by O’Brien’s question. “I know pundits, we’re all going to be speculating on who he’s going to pick.”
“Yeah — that’s true,” O’Brien agreed.
“At the end of the day, he’ll pick the person who will do the best job as president and make that decision not based on political or other grounds and whoever he picks I’m going to support that ticket,” Jindal concluded. “Because I think it’s that important not only for Louisiana but our country.”
“Even if it’s you who he’s picking,” O’Brien observed.
Watch O’Brien question Jindal over being Romney’s potential running mate below via CNN:
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