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Jindal attacks Obama as the prez race heats up

world Updated: Jun 23, 2012 13:30 IST

Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal has launched yet another attack on the US President by alleging that Barack Obama's re-election campaign message is "divide and blame" and not "hope and change" of his 2008 campaign.

"In 2008, President Obama campaigned on a message of 'Hope and Change'. (On) Thursday, speaking in Ohio, the President announced his re-election campaign message of 'Divide and Blame'," Jindal wrote in an op-ed on the CNN website.

Jindal is said to be among those shortlisted as the Vice President running mate of Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

The first Indian American governor of a US State, Jindal said Obama cannot ask Americans if they are better off than they were four years ago, and so is trying to blame others for his record.

Over half a million fewer Americans have jobs today than when he took office, he charged.

"After his advisors projected that his USD 800 billion stimulus bill would keep unemployment below eight per cent, it has remained above that benchmark for a record 40 months and counting.

"Median family net worth has hit a two-decade low, median household income has declined, more than 30 per cent of borrowers are underwater on their mortgage, 23 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, and half of college graduates this year come out of school unemployed or underemployed," he said.

This is for the second time in less than a month that Jindal has launched a scathing attack on Obama.

Early this month Jindal alleged Obama's administration is a nexus of liberalism and incompetence.

"The Obama admin(istration) is at the nexus of liberalism and incompetence and together that?s a deadly combination," Jindal said in his remarks at the Chicago meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference.