"I'm not being coy at all. I'm not running for president in 2012. Period. No ifs, ands or buts, no caveats," Gov. Bobby Jindal told the Associated Press last week, midway through his 10-day book tour for his memoir Leadership and Crisis. So how come the rest of the world isn't paying attention?
Jindal was included this week in a Fox News series called "12 in 2012," which profiled a dozen GOP contenders for the White House (the story noted that Jindal, born in 1971, would be the youngest president in U.S. history). And an invitation to a fundraiser for Jindal's 2011 gubernatorial campaign, to be held Dec. 10 in New York City, noted "At only 39 years old, he is generally considered to be one of the top stars of the Republican party and an eventual presidential contender."
For his part, the governor continues to insist that won't be in 2012. "I'm running for re-election next year," he told NBC News' Matt Lauer during a Today show appearance Nov. 15. "You'll have a lot of Republicans in Iowa. I'm sure I'll be in Louisiana."
That would actually be a change of pace, as Jindal's book tour included several days in California, with a speech at the Ronald Reagan Ranch near Santa Barbara and a stopover at the Republican Governors Association national conference in San Diego, Calif. — Kevin Allman