Opinion

Could Bobby Jindal be Vice President?

With Ted Cruz nipping at the heels of front-runner Donald Trump, the obvious question that comes to voter’s minds is who Cruz would nominate as the VP should he get the GOP nomination? While there was a bit of speculation as to whether or not there would be a Trump/Cruz alliance, after the recent debates it would appear that such a theory is unrealistic, especially given the heated fervor in which the two candidates have attacked each other. As such, we have pondered which candidate would have similar values and stand on similar issues to Cruz.

One suggestion – Bobby Jindal.

Jindal is not new to the VP nomination consideration

In 2012 it was reported by CNN that Bobby Jindal would inspire more Latino voters than the now 2016 presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. Bobby Jindal mimics Rubio in that he has an inspirational story in which to share with the lower and middle class American. Unlike Rubio, Jindal has not based his political platform upon this story, however, but has used his knowledge of the struggling class to pass policies and legislation to help reduce government, a fundamental principle of the Republican party.

Why not a Rubio/Jindal alliance?

While it may seem that a pact between presidential hopeful Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal would be ideal, for votes it would be a huge negative for the Republican party. Yes, there needs to be diversity amongst the candidates and people need to be able to identify with the minorities. However, in all reality, Americans will be more hesitant to vote for the sons of immigrants than natural born citizens. Furthermore, there is less likely to be adversity from the Democratic party as to the legal ability for either person to be President/Vice President if they are in separate camps.

The future benefits of Bobby Jindal as a Vice President

Bobby Jindal would benefit from a Vice President position in that he could gain experience in Washington D.C (which was one of the things that killed his campaign for presidency) while at the same time having a high level of influence on policies and legislation. Amongst the positives which his nomination for Vice Presidency would bring are:

  • An increase in Indian-American, African-American, and Hispanic votes – In 2012 73% of this margin voted for Barack Obama. If former elections are an indicator as to the sway of the minority vote, it can be concluded that a party which has a minority as the President/Vice President will receive more votes from Indian-American, African-American, and Hispanics.
  • Educational Reform plans have made him a leader on the topic – As education and educational reform are always issues in the Presidency, it would be a benefit to have one of the top leaders on the topic as the Vice President.

Why Cruz and Jindal?

The Republican that has the most potential for gaining a Latino and minority vote would have to be Ted Cruz. Yes, there has been a bit of heat around whether or not he should even be running for President, but that is a minor point (as I am sure that the courts would rule in his favor). As such the VP should be someone that could help to persuade Democratic minority voters over to the republican side.

In addition to the votes, Bobby Jindal seems to be a good match for Ted Cruz. Apart from drug policies, the two seem to have similar conservative views on most of the key issues. A comparison chart of the two candidates would no doubt show the same views on abortion, taxes, free market, and government spending.

A cautionary note…

While the credentials and the political ambition is present in Bobby Jindal, there is a huge margin for the polls to be effected negatively or positively. With this uncertainty one has to question if such an appointment would be a risky move. On the one hand you have a strong minority leader in the campaign, on the other hand you have a presidential hopeful that could not hold his own against the other candidates. Additionally, with a minority vice president you may sway some of the minority votes away from democratic, but if history is an indicator as to how the votes will go, it will not dramatically cause a rift.

Finally, Bobby Jindal’s ethnicity may hinder the Republican’s party. And while we would all love to live in an idealistic world where presumptions of leadership are not made according to our origins and nationality, a great many people live within stereotype reasoning. The result could be that even though he is not the same race as Obama, right-wing voters may be ignorant enough to associate their views of the current president with any minority.

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