Jindal won’t touch Romney’s grandpa joke

September 20, 2012

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, on a Romney campaign conference call to discuss "the costly disaster that Is Obamacare," declined to analyze Mitt Romney's recent joke about Obamacare.

In Wednesday's Univision forum, Romney noted that President Obama sometimes calls his rival the grandfather of the Affordable Care Act because he implemented universal health care in Massachusetts.  “I don’t think he meant that as a compliment, but I’ll take it,” Romney joked. 

Asked whether that meant Romney was comfortable taking some credit for Obamacare, Jindal demurred, "I can't speak to the governor's sense of humor," he said.

Jindal also argued that Romney's recent missteps were irrelevant. "I don’t think this election is going to come down to a good day or a bad day," he said, or "who looks good on TV or who speaks better." 

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