Posted: Aug 9, 2012 11:33 PM by Jacqui Heinrich
Updated: Aug 10, 2012 8:00 AM
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal came to Colorado Springs Thursday afternoon, campaigning for Mitt Romney. About two hundred people came to Acacia Park in support. Governor Jindal told the crowd, "You've got to tell your neighbors, your family, your friends, your colleagues: we've gotta vote, we've gotta stand up for our children and grandchildren."
After the speech, News 5 got an exclusive interview with Governor Jindal, discussing the possibility of him running alongside Mitt Romney as a Vice Presidential candidate. He also gave his opinion of the the anti-Romney TV advertisements that have been frequenting the airwaves, specifically an ad sponsored by Priorities USA Action entitled, 'Understands'.
Though the ad hasn't run as a paid television commercial yet, it has generated a lot of controversy. Joe Soptic-- a Bain Capital plant employee whose wife died after he lost his health insurance-- says to the camera, "When Mitt Romney closed the plant I lost my health care and my family lost my health care, and a short time after that my wife became ill. I don't know how long she was sick and I think maybe she didn't say anything because she knew we couldn't afford the insurance."
Governor Jindal said of the ad, "I think its beneath the dignity of the White House. The reality is the President needs to condemn this ad."
Jindal says the Obama Campaign is running personal attack ads to distract from the failures of the current administration. "You're going to see ads that independent fact checkers have said are false, you're going to see personal attacks against Governor Romney. The President can't run on his record, he's going to do everything he can to distract us, to distort Governor Romney's record."
What Jindal says the Obama campaign is trying to hide: it's failure to grow the economy. "He promised to cut the debt in half by the end of his first term. Instead he's borrowed over a trillion dollars every year."
Jindal says it's a wasted tactic from the Obama campaign, telling News 5, "I think the voters are smart enough to see through all the nonsense, through all the TV ads and the campaign tactics. I think when they go into that voting booth they're going to vote between two very different visions."
And his response to the question of running as a VP candidate: "I know there's a lot of speculation on who this person will be, but the reality is this election is about two very different men running for President."
Mitt Romney's running mate announcement could come as early as Monday.