Bobby Jindal Leaves 2016 Options Open

by Jonathan Strong

On Fox News Sunday, Lousiana governor Bobby Jindal left open the possibility he will run for president in 2016, telling host Chris Wallace, “I don’t know what I’m going to do in 2016.”

Jindal harshly criticized “dysfunction in Washington, D.C.” and said to look to the state houses to see the Republican party advancing.

“I think you look at the dysfunction in Washington, D.C., I think folks all across the country — Republicans, independents and Democrats — are frustrated. We as a party can’t just be a party of no. The only place you see conservative principles being applied today are in state capitols and local governments,” Jindal said.

He also touted a new nonprofit he recently launched, America Next, saying it would be an important vehicle to develop detailed policy ideas for the GOP. “We need to win the war of ideas,” he said.

On the disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov, Jindal had some pointed barbs for President Obama’s team.

“I think this is symptomatic of a bigger problem. I’ve long wondered: Is this administration the most incompetent or the most liberal administration in recent history? I think this issue, this policy shows, to quote Hillary Clinton, what difference does it make?” Jindal said, later joking that maybe Obama should “bring in Al Gore, the guy who says he invented the Internet.”