Watch: Gov. Bobby Jindal says of the Confederate flag "The states decide that"

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Asked about the Confederate flag by ABC News, Gov. Bobby Jindal said, "Look, the states decide that — and, again, just like with the gun issue, let's have that debate at the right time."
  • Asked about the Confederate flag by ABC News, Gov. Bobby Jindal said, "Look, the states decide that — and, again, just like with the gun issue, let's have that debate at the right time."


In the wake of the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting that killed nine people, there have been renewed calls to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of some Southern statehouses, including the one in South Carolina, which — due to some complicated legal language — is still flying high even as the American flag and the state flag are at half-mast. A protest against the Confederate flag is scheduled tonight in Charleston.

Some Republicans, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have called for it to be taken down, and Republican South Carolina State Rep. Norman “Doug” Brannon says he'll prefile a bill calling for its removal in December before the state legislature goes back into session. Other South Carolina politicians don't agree or are tiptoeing around the issue, including Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, who told CNN Friday that "You could probably visit other places in the country near some symbol that doesn't quite strike you right," but for South Carolina, "It works here, that's what the statehouse agreed to do."

Also speaking up for the Confederate flag: Gov. Bobby Jindal, who was asked about it by ABC News. Jindal indicated he thought flying the Confederate flag was a states' rights issue:

Look, the states decide that — and, again, just like with the gun issue, let's have that debate at the right time. I mean, right now we should all be in mourning. I think flags should be at half-mast, you know, across our states, across our country. Now's a time for mourning. 

Jindal has issued an executive order to keep the American flag and the Louisiana state flag at half-mast over the state Capitol and public buildings until June 28.

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