WASHINGTON -- Addressing the budget impasse that has shut down large portions of the federal government, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said, "We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the folks in Washington.
During a meeting Wednesday evening with Washington political reporters, Jindal didn't directly respond to a question about whether he faulted the House GOP strategy of demanding delays or changes in the Affordable Care Act before signing off on a bill funding the federal government.
But his comments indicated he's not happy with the GOP's contribution to what he called "the dysfunction" in Washington, though he was careful to put most of the blame on President Barack Obama for what he called a serious lack of leadership.
Jindal, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, unveiled a slick video portraying the success stories of individual Republican governors. It featured Jindal, Nikki Halley of South Carolina, John Kasich of Ohio, Susan Martinez of New Mexico and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. The video will be used as part an online advertising campaign titled, "American Comeback Campaign."
The GOP governors, Jindal said, are using conservative ideas to advance an agenda of balancing budgets mostly without tax increases, working to bring private businesses to their states to lower unemployment, and policy innovations such as education reform.
In a question-and-answer session with reporters, Jindal reiterated his support for a group of education standards known as Common Core, despite attacks on the program from some parent groups and legislators in Louisiana.