Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) continued to critique his fellow Republicans on Sunday, saying in an appearance on Fox News that the GOP needed to stop acting so “stupid.”
Jindal, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said the party needed to court a wider group of voters in order to remain relevant and competitive. Asked directly about Mitt Romney’s disparaging remarks this past week that President Obama won reelection by promising “gifts” to minorities, women and young voters, Jindal said that sort of talk would only serve to hold the party back.
“I absolutely reject what he said,” Jindal said. “We as the Republican Party have to campaign for every vote. And if we want people to like us, we have to like them first, and you don’t start to like people by insulting them and saying their votes were bought.”
In a phone conference last week, Romney told supporters that Obama had been “very generous” to groups of people who typically back Democrats. A number of prominent Republicans quickly distanced themselves from those remarks, much in the same way some Republicans criticized Romney’s infamous remarks about it not being his job to worry about 47 percent of Americans because they feel “entitled” to things like healthcare.
Jindal also advised Republicans to stop making extreme or offensive comments about rape and abortion, saying that type of behavior had driven women away from the party and cost Republicans two Senate seats in the process.
“We also don’t need to be saying stupid things,” he said. “Look, we had candidates in Indiana and Missouri that said offensive things that not only hurt themselves and lost us two Senate seats, but also hurt the Republican Party across the board.”
In an interview with Politico last week, Jindal broadly addressed problems within the GOP, saying Republicans had to stop catering to the rich and insulting groups of people who could otherwise be more receptive to the party’s message.
“That means the 47 percent and the 53 percent, that means any other combination of numbers going up to 100 percent,” he said.
Jindal was believed to be a top Vice Presidential candidate before Romney tapped Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and he served as a Romney surrogate for much of the campaign. He has harshly criticized Romney’s handling of the post-election fallout, though he reiterated Sunday that he remains a Romney supporter.
Jon Terbush is a Boston-based writer whose work has appeared in Talking Points Memo, Business Insider, the New Haven Register, and elsewhere. He tweets about politics, cats, and baseball via @jonterbush.
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