Senator John McCain and Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he will not run for vice president on the GOP ticket, making him among a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race.
Jindalâ€™s comments come as speculation is swirling that John McCain might announce his running mate choice imminently, as a way to draw attention away from Barack Obamaâ€™s high-profile overseas trip.
The Louisiana governor told â€œFOX & Friendsâ€ that heâ€™d be â€œsurprisedâ€ if the McCain campaign came down with a decision this week. And he threw water on the buzz about his own chances.
â€œLet me be clear: I have said in every private and public conversation, Iâ€™ve got the job that I want. And Iâ€™ll say again on air: Iâ€™m not going to be the vice presidential nominee or vice president. Iâ€™m going to help Senator McCain get elected, as governor of Louisiana,â€ Jindal said.
â€œI look forward to continuing to be governor of Louisiana. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to improve our state. Weâ€™ve cut six taxes but weâ€™ve got a lot more work to do right here in Louisiana. â€¦ Iâ€™ve never talked to the senator about the vice presidency or his thoughts on selecting the vice president.â€
Jindal will be considered a serious contender for the Presidency in 2016.