With the Republican National Convention just around the corner this summer, much talk has been floating around as to the Republican nominee for Vice President, to run alongside Senator McCain. Last Friday, May 23, 2008, Senator McCain held a dinner for many political personalities, business CEOs, and friends. Among the attendees were people such as Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and MInnesota Governor Tim Pawlety were also invited but turned down the invitation due to previous family engagements).
The one guest the media and others are speculating will receive the nod as Vice President is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Bobby has been the governor of Louisiana since being inaugurated in January of this year. Previously he has served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, executive director of the National Bipartisan Committee on the Future of Medicare, president of the University of Louisiana System, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, United States Senator, principle policy advisor to the secretary of Health and Human Services, United States Congressman, on the House Committee on Homeland Security, the House Committee on Resources, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and vice-chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attacks.
Governor Jindal has a record of being a strong Conservative. He is pro-life, anti-stem cell research, pro-intelligent design teaching in schools, pro-copayments in Medicaide, and pro-PATRIOT Act. While in Congress he voted with the Republican Caucus 97% of the time.
Overall, Bobby Jindal is just the Conservative Republican McCain needs to unite the party this November. With McCain’s record of voting in the Senate and being more of a liberal Republican, many people have speculated as to his ability to get the much-needed conservative vote. But with a strong conservative such as Jindal running alongside him, he can pull votes from both sides of the party.
Another aspect of having Jindal as his Vice President is the age factor. While McCain has often been ridiculed and questioned because of his age, Jindal would bring youth to the White House at a mere 37 years of age. While his youth is refreshing, it does not come without experience. As mentioned earlier, Gov. Jindal has already had experience in the House, the Senate, and in local politics in Louisiana.
The race factor also comes into play with Governor Jindal. Bobby was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after his parents immigrated from India to complete work on their master’s degrees (his mother went on to become the information technology director for the Louisiana Department of Labor). Jindal was of the HIndu faith but converted to Roman Catholicism in high school. He later went on to Brown College and graduated with a degree in biology and public policy. He then received a master’s degree in political science from New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.
As a strong conservative Republican, I support Bobby Jindal and believe he would be a great addition as Vice President to any President. He has a proven record and I know he will stand strong for our republican beliefs.