Gov. Jindal Flattered by V.P. Rumors

By Jake Whitman

Apr 29, 2008 2:12am

ABC News’ Kate McCarthy Reports: Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., appeared on NBC’s "The Tonight Show" with host Jay Leno and said while he is flattered by the rumors Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., could choose him as a running mate, he is happy in Louisiana.

"I’ve got the job I want," Jindal, the Republican Governor of Louisiana, said. "I told the people of Louisiana this is a historic opportunity to fix our state. I want to be involved in doing that."

At age 36 Jindal is the youngest governor in the United States. A son of immigrants, he is also the nation’s first Indian-American governor and would bring diversity to the Republican ticket.

But Jindal told Leno it would be presumptuous to comment on a possible vice presidential nomination.

"It would be like saying I’m not going with that pretty girl to the prom before she asks you," Jindal explained. "I want to be Governor of Louisiana. If they let me, I’d like to run for re-election."

Last week Jindal accompanied McCain on a tour of New Orleans. McCain said he will "rely on Governor Jindal for many, many things in the future," but McCain would not comment on the selection process of a running mate.

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