ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: Yes, it’s way too early to care about these things, or take these kinds of responses at face value.
But in Virginia today, Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., was asked a straight question about whether he was “interested in being president,” the AP’s Bob Lewis reports.
Jindal’s reply: “No.”
Instead, he said, he’s focused on running for reelection in 2011 — a political schedule that would make it difficult to seek the GOP presidential nomination.
“I intend to run for re-election as governor of Louisiana. That race will be in 2011,” Jindal said, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
Jindal, 37, is considered a rising star in the party — and made a trip to Iowa last month that was widely seen as testing the waters for a presidential bid.
Of course, at this period in 2004, Barack Obama hadn’t been sworn into the Senate yet, and was still saying publicly that he’d serve a full six-year term.