Vote 2012: Jindal Campaigns for Romney in Cedar Falls
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - He may have been overshadowed by the President’s visit to Waterloo, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal still brought out a crowd of a few dozen during a campaign stop for Mitt Romney on Tuesday afternoon.
Once rumored to be a possible vice presidential candidate alongside the former Massachusetts governor and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Jindal instead noted U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, recently named Romney’s pick, was the one for the job.
“I’m not commenting on the process, but I think Gov. Romney made a great choice in Paul Ryan,” Jindal said. “He knows we can’t spend money we don’t have.”
Spending money — or, rather, the ways Jindal said President Obama spent money during his first term in office — was one of the focuses of Jindal’s stop at a parking lot along University Avenue in Cedar Falls.
He said he was campaigning for Romney because he believed in him as a candidate. He is not at the moment seeking a position in Romney’s cabinet should he become President.
“I’ve got three more years of work to do in Louisiana,” Jindal said.
Jindal spent much of his time talking about the rise of unemployment and the fall of median incomes and deficit spending in the United States.
He put the blame squarely on Obama’s shoulders.
“The President made many promises,” Jindal said. “He said if he could not turn the economy around in three years, he’d be a one-term President. I’d like to see him keep that promise.”
Jindal was referencing to an interview Obama did with NBC’s Matt Lauer in 2009.
“If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition," Obama said in the interview.
Jindal also talked about Obama making gaffes (“most incompetent since Jimmy Carter”), how liberal the President was (“most liberal since Jimmy Carter”) and the federal government’s spending.
“Our debt is 100 percent of our GDP,” he said.
Politifact said that figure assumes today’s debt with the gross domestic product of 2010, which has grown since then.
“The Europeans are telling us we’re spending too much,” Jindal added. “That’s like the town drunk telling you you’ve got a drinking problem.”
Jindal told the crowd that, though Iowa was the place Obama launched his successful first campaign for President, it could also be the state that rejects him for a second term.
“First in, first out,” Jindal said.
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