Gov. Bobby Jindal would not respond Tuesday to the flurry of GOP congressional candidates grading his governorship, often with below-average marks, repeating what he called his accomplishments and saying the only accurate grade was “incomplete.”
Jindal also told a news conference that he was not interested in any other future office but president of the United States. He specifically ruled out running for the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House. He is just past halfway through his second term and is forbidden by law from running again.
The campaigns to replace will begin in earnest next summer and Jindal will step down in January 2016.
“If I were to stay in politics, it would involve the 2016 running for president. There’s no other elective office I would seek,” Jindal said, adding that a decision on a presidential run would be made, probably, after the holidays.
Jindal has been spending much of his time in recent months out of state.
He was campaigning for fellow Republican candidates, he says, but also in states with early presidential primary votes. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, congressional candidates are giving his performance as governor for the past seven years fair to middlin’ marks.
Fellow Republican Rob Maness, a U.S. Senate candidate, gave Jindal a 5 on a scale of 1 (bad) to 10 (excellent). U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, another GOP Senate candidate, gave the governor a 7.
Maness, of Madisonville, and Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, are both challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Nov. 4 balloting. Early voting began Tuesday and continues until Oct. 28.
Among Republicans running for the 6th congressional district, Jindal picked up sixes, fives and fours.
Democrats in both races, somewhat unsurprisingly, rated the governor’s performance much lower.
When asked what he thought of the grades, Jindal responded by saying the most important numbers to focus on were things like higher graduation rates and higher per capita income.
“The grade I would give is incomplete. We still have more work to do,” Jindal said, repeating a line he used when recent polls over the summer gave him similar grades.
“I would like to see Mary Landrieu retired,” the governor added.
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