Gov. Bobby Jindal for V.P.? Analysts say not likely

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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 7:55 AM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Gov. Bobby Jindal is once again making short lists for a potential Republican vice presidential candidate.

Eyewitness News turned to the experts to see if Jindal is ready to join the Republican ticket this fall.

A half-dozen "Governor Bobby Jindal For President" Facebook pages already exist. It might not be what the governor's fans want, but for a second time in his political career, Jindal is being looked at as a possible GOP vice presidential candidate.

"There are a number of qualified candidates we have out there. Marc Rubio is in the top tier, Chris Christie, there is Bobby Jindal," said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, during an interview with CBS News.

Despite endorsements from Republican heavy hitters like McCain, Eyewitness News Political Analyst Clancy DuBos says its a far reach.

"I don't think its very realistic at all. There are a number of other higher profile, more nationally profiled, well-versed, frankly better debaters who bring more to the table and more to the team," said DuBos.

Four years ago, Jindal was considered as a possible running mate for McCain. DuBos said the 40-year-old Governor isn't ready politically to step out onto the national stage.

The political analyst said a perfect example was Jindal's rebuttal to the President's State of The Union Address in 2009.

"When you look at Jindal's speech, the first impression anybody would have is this guy isn't ready for prime time. I don't think Romney is going to take a risk like that," said DuBos.

UNO Political Science Professor Edward Chervenak said Jindal has the credentials, but won't be a top candidate.

"No surprise that his name is on the short list. But I think he's among the second tier of candidates that Romney is looking at," Chervenak said.

According to Chervenak another strike against the governor is the fact that Louisiana isn't a battle state.

"Ideally what (Romney's) looking for is a candidate with strong conservative credentials from a swing state that has lots of electoral votes," Chervenak said. "Louisiana doesn't fit that mold."

Jindal's press secretary Frank Collins issued this statement in response to our story:

"The governor has the job he wants."

 

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