Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was on the short-list to be John McCain’s vice-presidential choice (you know, before McCain made a far more amusing selection).
Now, Jindal’s seen as a potential Republican nominee for president in 2012.
This is a problem.
As I wrote before, why would I not support Jindal?
- He voted against expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
- He’s completely anti-abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, getting a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
- He is completely opposed to gay rights, earning a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign.
- Church-state separation? Forget it. Americans United for Separation of Church and State give him a 0% rating.
- He thinks “intelligent design as an alternative to evolution may not be out of place in public schools,” so we know his support of real science would be minimal.
- Rush Limbaugh called him the “next Ronald Reagan.”
- He once wrote about a friend who was possessed by the devil… meaning he believes someone could actually be possessed by a devil.
Thankfully, he announced on Wednesday that he would not be running for President.
“No,” Jindal said definitively when asked if he was interested in being president, according to The Associated Press.
Jindal said instead he has his sights set on seeking reelection to his current office in 2011.
Of course, he could change his mind… but for the sake of rationality, let’s hope he doesn’t.
He could also run in 2016 after two Obama terms…
***Update***: There is word he’s trying to take back his statement about not running.
(Thanks to Kate for the link!)