Jindal quiet on possible VP candidacy

Published: Jul. 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM CDT
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New Orleans, La. -- Back home from the campaign trail, Governor Bobby Jindal is doing little to end the speculation about what future role he might play in the presidential race.

Jindal was asked Tuesday whether he would accept if former Massachusetts governor and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney asked him to be his running mate.

"We're not commenting at all about the VP process or anything like that, referring all that to the Romney campaign at their request," said Jindal.

It is an answer Jindal has been giving to journalists on nationally televised news shows. And that has whipped up speculation that Jindal could be on Romney's short list of potential picks.

"This president has been bad for America," Jindal said recently while on the campaign trail.

He has been on the road attacking President Obama on Romney's behalf and in the process commanding a chunk of the national media spotlight.

"Mitt Romney said let's repeal and replace Obamacare," Jindal said this past Sunday on ABC's "This Week" news show. Last week he was a headliner on NBC's "Meet the Press", where Jindal slammed the health care law which had been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We're borrowing money from China to spend on government programs we can't afford," Jindal said on the news program.

When the president rolled through Ohio on a bus tour last week, Jindal was tapped to be on his trail.

FOX 8 News asked Republican strategist Jim Farwell what should be read, if anything, into Jindal deflecting questions about a potential role as a running mate.

"Mitt Romney is going to decide who his running mate is going to be, so expressions from the governor as to whether he should, or shouldn't be on the ticket are of interest, but… there's only one vote here that counts and that's Governor Romney," Farwell stated.

And Farwell is not convinced that Jindal is a strong contender for the VP spot.

"If Romney wins I would expect that what Governor Jindal would wind up with is an invitation to join the cabinet. My own prediction is that Rob Portman will be the running mate," Farwell stated.

Portman is a senator from Ohio.

Louisiana is viewed as a "red" state, and state GOP officials said they believe Romney will win the state and its eight electoral votes in the general election.  Ohio, on the other hand, is a toss-up and Portman could help put his state in Romney's column.

"This election will come down to how a very small group of very undecided, mostly independent voters fall in probably 12 key battleground states," said Farwell.

The VP stakes aside, Farwell said having Governor Jindal on national television so often is positive for the state's image.

"We're very proud here in New Orleans and in the state about diversity… I think that his presence with his background, his family being from India, plus his ability, adds a lot to that," said Farwell.

Romney has said he will announce his running mate before the GOP convention in late August.

"I do have the job that I want," Jindal said.