R. Reese Fuller

Jindal to speak at GOP convention

by R. Reese Fuller

Rudolph Giuliani may be giving the keynote address at the Republican National Convention next month, but Gov. Bobby Jindal is still scheduled to address the convention on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Minneapolis.

The Advocate reports:
Jindal's appearance is thought to be the first time in modern history that a Louisiana governor has landed a prominent speaking role at either major party convention.

"In my lifetime, I don't remember anyone, No. 1, being one of the main players. ... No. 2 having a major role," pollster Bernie Pinsonat said.
According to The Times-Picayune:
The nation's youngest governor at 37, Jindal for weeks has been mentioned as a potential McCain running mate, and if not put on the ticket, a likely choice for the keynote spot or other top billing at the convention.

Buzz on both fronts has centered on Jindal's youth, his self-styled political identity as an agent of change and the diversity he brings to a party whose leadership is dominated by men of European descent. Jindal is the first person of Indian descent elected to lead an American state.

All of the other prominently mentioned vice presidential possibilities are listed as speakers, though it is not clear whether any besides Jindal have slots during the hours slated for network television broadcast.