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Jindal: GOP needs to stop being ‘Party of No’

Louisiana Gov. Governor Bobby Jindal addresses the Nebraska Republican convention in Grand Island, Neb., Saturday, July 14, 2012 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
File: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Sunday that Republicans need to stop being the “Party of No.”

“We’ve got to be more than the 'Party of No,'” Jindal said on “Fox News Sunday."

Jindal, the head of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, also sought distance from Republicans in Washington. Jindal recently launched a new group to help form a new conservative message for the party.

“The only place you see conservative principles being applied today are at state capitals and local government – whether it’s school choice, whether it’s cutting taxes, taking on public pensions, whether it’s lower the unemployment rate, growing the private sectors," he said.

Jindal emphasized that Republicans "don't need to change our principles" or "become a second liberal party," but he said the GOP needs to focus on having a more positive message.

Jindal said shortly after the 2012 elections that his party needed to stop being “the stupid party” – a reference to unhelpful things that certain GOP candidates said on the campaign trail.

Jindal said Sunday that he's not sure whether he'll run for president.

"The honest answer is I don't know what I'm going to do in 2016," Jindal said.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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