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Jindal's first priority to be 'best governor' of Louisiana

world Updated: Nov 15, 2008 15:44 IST
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Indian-American Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, is reluctant to commit himself as a potential candidate for the presidential elections of 2012, maintaining that his first priority is his state which he wants to govern in the "best" possible way.

"The best thing I can do is to be the best governor of Louisiana. The best thing that we all can do as governors is to govern our states well," Jindal said in an interview to Fox news channel.

"I think anybody if even thinking of another polls is not doing the party or the country any favours," Jindal said after a meeting of the Republican Governors in Florida.

The charismatic 37-year-old Republican stressed that the Grand Old Party has been losing elections because its actions were not commensurate with the rhetoric.

"The reasons we've been losing elections, our party's not been matching its actions to its rhetoric. For years now, you had a Republican majority in Washington that has defended spending we would never tolerate on the other side. We've made excuses for corruption we would never accept on the other side," he said.

Jindal echoed the need for again becoming a conservative party on spending, cutting taxes and fighting corruption, which offers real solutions to problems that Americans care about.

He also said that all Republicans have got a patriotic obligation to support Democrat President-elect Barack Obama and new Congress, but also have an obligation as conservative, as Americans to stand up on principles when disagree.

"The best thing we can do is to work in a bi-partisan way in every chance we can, but also to stand on principle when we disagree with the President-elect and the new Congress. And I think there'll be opportunities to do that on taxes, spending, and other important issues," he said.