Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, who was on the short list to be picked as Governor Mitt Romney’s running-mate, visited Chester last week. Congressman Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, was chosen over Governor Jindal as Governor Romney’s Vice Presidential pick.
Jindal has been campaigning for the Romney/Ryan ticket for the last couple of months. He addressed about 60 Romney supporters at the Romney Chesterfield South Victory Office at Festival Park in the Chester Village Green development.
While Governor Jindal was in Virginia, he also attended an education summit hosted by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
He has been traveling across the country for the last two months visiting swing states spreading the Romney message, making speeches, mixing with voters and attending fundraisers.
Jindal arrived in Chester at about 4 p.m. and was greeted by supporters, including local party dignitaries, elected officials and volunteers. His stump speech hit all the points the Romney campaign has been promoting.
“I have two things to say about President Obama,” Jindal said. “He is the most liberal President since Jimmy Carter was in the White House.”
“The second problem with this President is that he is the most incompetent President since Jimmy Carter and I don’t mean any offense to Jimmy Carter,” He continued. “This President made some promises four years ago and he has broken many of those promises. There is one promise I would like him to keep. Remember he said ‘that if I can’t get this economy turned around in three years, this will be only a one-term proposition.’ Let’s make him keep that promise.”
To the applause of the supporters at Chester Village Green, he quoted statistics of the current economy such as unemployment, the decrease of the workers median income and he said that as students graduate from college this year, nearly half of them will be unemployed or underemployed. However the Department of Labor statistics has reported that the employment rate has continued to rise since April of this year.
Village News asked a number of supporters why they wanted to hear Governor Jindal speak on Thursday.
“I believe in conservative values. I think Bobby Jindal is one of the best representatives of conservative values,” said Chester resident John Meyer, who has a degree in physics but is now developing a business that distributes chocolate. He has not been able to find a job in his field.
Jindal also attacked Obama’s healthcare law.
“Now the government says that healthcare spending [by the government] will increase two points more in 2014 than it would have without this law,” Jindal said. “He promised he would cut our healthcare premiums by $2,500 a year, instead they have gone up by almost $2,500 year since he’s taken office.”
Several veterans could be seen in the crowd siding with Jindal on his efforts to unseat President Obama.
“This is the most important election in my lifetime. FDR was President when my wife and I were married,” said Jim McGinn a veteran and Colonial Heights resident. “We got to get Obama out of office. That’s what I’m working for.”
Jindal continued that all citizens are going to hear from President Obama are scare tactics and distortions that independent fact checkers say just aren’t true.
Politifact.com reported that out of 40 statements made by Romney and Obama or their surrogates, 35 of Romney’s campaign statements were listed as “Pants on Fire.” (See http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/rulings/pants-fire/ ) first 40 statements listed.
“Then there’s that famous speech where he said if you have a business you didn’t build that,” Jindal said. “I think we should put the rest of the speech on TV again and again.”
The President’s speech was quoted in the Washington Post:
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”