(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Although Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is already the subject of speculation as a potential GOP presidential contender four years from now, if you ask him, it’s way too soon for speculating.
“Any Republican that’s thinking about running for president in 2016 needs to get his head examined,” Jindal told reporters after delivering a dinner speech at the Republican National Committee winter meeting Thursday night.
He added, “We’ve got a lot of work between now and the next midterm elections. …We’ve got to get the Republican Party back on track.”
In his remarks to the gathering, he also offered some tough medicine for the GOP, including this piece of advice: “We must stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults. It’s time for us to articulate our plans and visions for America in real terms. We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. We’ve had enough of that.”
Whether or not Jindal ultimately emerges as a top presidential contender, look for him to be a major presence, not just in Louisiana, but around the country as well as a key figure in helping the party chart its course forward.
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