Monday, July 21, 2008
Is Jindal McCain's Pick?
Political columnist Bob Novak is reporting that Sen. John McCain may announce his vice presidential choice this week. According to Novak, the current favorite is former Gov. Mitt Romney. The Fix' Chris Cilizza notes that Sen. McCain is scheduled to travel to New Orleans later this week to meet with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The 37-year-old is considered a rising star in the Republican Party. Despite his young age, Democrats could ill-afford to criticize him as unqualified. His resume is much more impressive than Sen. Barack Obama's, the presumptive Democratic nominee. He was elected to Congress the same year Obama was elected to the Senate, and last year he won election as governor. He ran the Louisiana Department of Health under former Gov. Mike Foster. He served as executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, a 17-member panel charged with devising plans to reform Medicare. He later served as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration, an appointment which required Senate confirmation. Jindal would become the first Indian-American to land on the national ticket of either party. Piyush is his birth name. He adopted the nickname Bobby after the Bobby Brady character from the "Brady Bunch."