Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Gov. Bobby Jindal, in New York and speaking to network television reporters after Tuesday night’s presidential debate, said that despite improving his performance in the second debate, President Barack Obama cannot defend his record.
Making his first appearance in a post-debate “spin room,” Jindal spoke to reporters from CNN and Fox News from the campus of Hofstra University, site of the debate. Earlier, Jindal tweeted a photo of himself giving interviews to reporters.
When asked after the debate by CNN reporter Jim Acosta whether Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney won the debate, Jindal replied “absolutely.”
"President Obama spent exactly no time at all speaking about any specific plans for a second term,” Jindal said. “Look at all the broken promises,” Jindal said, referencing a voter question during the debate which asked the President why he should be re-elected. Jindal pointed to what he called the president’s “broken promises” on the deficit, economic turnaround, and health care.
Jindal admitted that Obama performed better in this second debate than the first.
“I’m sure his advisors told him drink all the Red Bull and caffeine you can. The problem is not his oratorical skills. The problem is his record. You can combine the speaking skills of Presidents Reagan, Lincoln and Winston Churchill…and you still couldn’t defend his record.”
Jindal, who has campaigned frequently out of state for the Republican ticket, also chose the debate’s exchange over the consulate attack in Libya as one of the evening’s high points for Romney.
“The president owes us a clear explanation of what happened there and to make sure it doesn’t happen again and to make sure we get the perpetrators.”
But in the CNN interview that comment from Jindal led to a question about one of the more dramatic moments of the debate, and the candidates’ clashing over the Obama administration's explanation for the attack that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Romney questioned whether Obama had called the attack an "act of terror" rather than "spontaneous" violence that grew out of a protest against an anti-Islam video.
“The president used the word act of terror generally, didn’t apply it specifically. Let’s go back and look at what the White House said,” Jindal said. “When you actually look at the transcript (of the president’s Rose Garden address), and not only that, look at the speech he gave to the United Nations several days later, he referenced the video on YouTube six different times. We’ve heard three different explanations from the White House,” Jindal said.