Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is laying the groundwork for a likely presidential run — and using his state as a testing ground for policies that play well with national conservatives. He’s passed a sweeping school voucher plan, rejected the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare and proposed scrapping the state income tax. But political observers who’ve watched Jindal up close for years say it’s become increasingly fuzzy where his governing ends and his presidential ambitions begin — whether the 41-year-old policy wonk’s plans are aimed at Louisiana’s problems or future GOP voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Comments: Not to worry, Emily, Bobby Jindal knows what he is doing.
Just as under our legal system everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, couldn´t we have a journalistic system where everyone is presumed innocent of running for president until he makes his first speech in Iowa or New Hampshire?
The problem for Bobby Jindal in terms of a possible foray into presidential politics is that, like every other Republican in a prominent position in America today, with the possible exception of Dr. Ben Carson, he can´t make a compelling speech.
Banality is evil, because good people don´t bore their listeners to death. Until Bobby Jindal learns that and takes an intensive Berlitz course or the equivalent in speaking INTERESTING English, he should stay as far away as possible from Iowa and New Hampshire.
Jindal is a good, solid, Governor. President? Is he one of the open borders crowd? Hell, it´s not the open borders that bothers me. it´s that half of Mexico gets to vote in our elections that sticks in my craw.
I guess a constitutional scholar like Mark Levin must have failed 3rd grade civics. Strange how this issue of eligibility is only raised by anonymous "experts" on conservative forums. If they were truly not eligible, would so many in politics be so totally invested in the possibility of their candidacy?
Much as I regret to, I must agree with #3. Jindal, Rubio, Zippy - none are eligible by the current reading of the Constitution. They are NOT Natural Born Citizens of the US, which requires that BOTH your parents must be citizens at the time of your birth. Either that or you must have been a citizen at the time of the promulgation of the Constitution. Wich rules out everyone except perhaps Larry King.
My goodness, #16, there are plots all around you, aren´t there? Conspiracies abound. There is no consensus on what defines a natural born citizen. There are many informed opinions. The American Thinker piece linked above details one of them. I´m going with the ones who tell us it´s ludicrous to say Jindal, Rubio or Cruz cannot legally run for president. But, for those who spend a lot of time searching out reasons to destroy our own,maybe there is fun to be had.
"Some debate exists as to the meaning of this phrase. Consensus exists that anyone born on U.S. soil is a "natural born Citizen." One may also be a "natural born Citizen" if, despite a birth on foreign soil, U.S. citizenship immediately passes from the person´s parents." From Cornell University Law School.
Hey Emily, here´s a thought that may blow your mind: fundamentally sound policies that work in Louisiana will appeal to non-morons in Iowa and New Hampshire. As a liberal, I know you will not be able to comprehend this, but there it is.
Another Politicus hit piece. Emily: You´ve got nothing. If anything you´ve made a great case for the governor. At worst, you´ve proved your inadequacy as a commentarian(?)
Really: The entire premise for the article is here: "But many in the state see Jindal’s decisions — particularly his tax plan but also his decision to reject the Medicaid expansion, which would provide health coverage for hundreds of thousands of poor residents — as being driven by 2016.
How so, Ms. Emily? You must be an upstairs commentarian. Look into it. You will see that Jindal is correct. "The poor residents will be poorer." Typical blather. Progressive policies lead to poor residents becoming poorer.
Ah yes, ´Natural Born´. Born in country - any country - to TWO citizen parents, thereby requiring no legal jujitsu to acquire one´s citizenship status. Not ´Naturalized´ - born elsewhere, immigrating legally, studying our laws and constitution, and then taking the oath of citizenship. Not ´Native Born´ - born here, but not to citizen parents or only 1 citizen parent, but ´Natural Born´ - so ´natural´ it requires no definition. So ´uderstood´ that Madison, Jefferson, Mason, Franklin, Jay (specifically) et al, found no reason to codify its definition in the Constitution.
Obama, Rubio, and Jindal are not eligible.
#7 - Two wrongs don´t make a right, they just make the first one harder to correct.
#3/13 - We are going to disagree on this forever. Do you not find the nom de plume of the AT article ´interesting´? It can be argued that Arthur was also ineligible as his dad was Canadian I do believe who had not become an American citizen prior to ol´ Chet´s birth -- just as Rubio´s and Jindal´s parents were NOT citizens at the time of their births. They are ´Native Born´ not ´Natural Born´. They can hold any political office except Pres/Vice-Pres.
I learned in my 8th grade civics class that there are 3 classifications of citizenship, as stated above, and only one of those is eligible to be president. I also am of the firm belief that we have had an illegal government since 1/20/2009.
... and for those that didn´t bother with the link at #10 ...
Stated differently, a President must be a second generation American citizen by both U.S. citizen parents [emphasis mine]. A Senator or Representative can be a first generation American citizen by naturalization or birth. It is the extra generation carried by a President which assures the American people that he/she is born with attachment and allegiance only to the United States.
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