Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said the Republican party needs to “earn the right” to govern in 2016, pushing a solutions-oriented message that echoes his call in 2012 for Republicans to “stop being the stupid party.”
“I think the GOP needs to earn the right to be a governing party. We can’t just be the party of no. We have to be a party of solutions,” Jindal said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Not only repeal, but also replace Obamacare. We need to offer detailed plans for energy independence, manufacturing renaissance, school choice… [and] a stronger foreign policy.”
Jindal has flirted with a 2016 presidential run but has yet to formally announce if he will run. On Saturday Jindal skipped the Iowa Freedom Summit – a cattle-call of sorts for Republican GOP hopefuls – instead attending a “prayer rally” in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
When asked by host George Stephanopoulos about his presidential prospects, Jindal responded that he was “seriously looking at” a White House bid and added that he is “praying and thinking about it.”
“One of the biggest challenges facing us, I think, is the current administration’s attempt to redefine the American dream,” he said. “My parents came to this country over 40 years ago in search of freedom and opportunity. The American dream is not about redistribution or government spending or debt, it’s about freedom and opportunity. I think the voters want us to restore the American dream for our children and grandchildren.”