Bobby Jindal to endorse Rick Perry
By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza,
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will endorse Rick Perry for president, becoming the second major GOP governor to offer a presidential endorsement Monday.
A source close to Jindal confirms the endorsement, which was first reported by CNN’s Mark Preston.
Jindal, who is often thought to be a potential future presidential candidate himself, has worked closely with Perry on hurricane-related issues and, as the governor of a neighboring Southern state, was a logical pick to back the Texas governor.
Earlier Monday, former presidential candidate and Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
Both Pawlenty and Jindal are expected to serve as important surrogates in the 2012 race.
Jindal is known as one of the bright young stars in the Republican Party. Despite a rocky response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech in 2009, the nation’s first Indian-American governor still commands the respect of many at the highest levels of the GOP and could be considered a vice presidential pick in 2012.
At the same time, he is currently running for reelection — a 2011 race in which he currently faces no Democratic opponent — and would be less than a year into his second term when the Republican nominee picks a running mate.
Earlier this year, in an interview with The Fix, Jindal called such speculation “obnoxious,” but didn’t rule out being someone’s running mate.