From the shreveporttimes.com (via AP), Governor Bobby Jindal makes moves that some consider the preliminary start to a run for the 2012 general election:
“I told the people of our state we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change our state, and I want to be a part of that, and I’m thrilled to have this job, and I look forward to running for re-election in 2011,” Jindal said last week.
So, why is he fundraising in Iowa next month, home of one of the stepping stones to a presidential nomination? And why’s he traveling around the country fundraising for himself and other Republicans?
Jindal clearly has his eyes on a bigger political prize.
Jindal will keynote a fundraising dinner on Nov. 22 for the Iowa Family Policy Center’s “Celebrating the Family” banquet, a high-profile Christian conservative event.
When asked about it, the governor deflected talk of presidential hopes. “This is a good group. I was happy to try to help them by speaking at their event. It’ll be helpful for us to build relationships between our two states,” he said.
That didn’t stop political blogs from chattering about Jindal’s political future â€” particularly if Republican candidate John McCain doesn’t get to the White House.
Bloggers are predicting a Jindal presidential ticket run in 2012, referencing a possible Sarah Palin/Jindal ticket or suggesting a whole list of ways to read into Jindal’s Iowa visit.
“As we have written before, politicians NEVER â€” we can’t stress this enough â€” go to Iowa accidentally,” wrote Chris Cillizza, a political blogger for washingtonpost.com.
Jindal, 37, is widely considered a rising Republican star. The son of Indian immigrants and the nation’s youngest sitting governor, Jindal has attracted praise from some of the most prominent names in the GOP.
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has called Jindal “the next Ronald Reagan.” Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich met with Jindal last week and told reporters, “I think you have maybe the smartest governor in this country.”
Jindal’s been praised by McCain and was once considered to be a possible vice presidential running mate.
Add to this the fact that we already know Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t anywhere near finished with her political potential. Redstate.com further fleshes out what the 2012 field might look like.