Other possible 2016 GOP candidates quiet.4:21 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two potential Republican presidential candidates weighed in on the hack of Sony Pictures by the North Korean government.
"The recent Sony hack is not a cyber attack on Hollywood," said Bobby Jindal, the two-term governor of Louisiana, in a statement. "[I]t is an attack on America. It is an attack on freedom and represents a serious danger to U.S. national security. Are we really going to let terrorists and thugs, likely the North Korean dictator in this instance, determine what movies we watch?"
Meanwhile, Florida senator Marco Rubio criticized Barack Obama's foreign policy and called on the president to "act swiftly" in response to North Korea. "The fact that North Korea was willing to conduct a flagrant cyber-attack against a major corporation and even threaten violence against Americans attending movie theaters across the country is another example of the devastating consequences that result when America projects weakness," said Rubio. "I call on the President to respond swiftly to undo the damage to freedom of speech and expression caused by Sony’s decision to not release ‘The Interview.’ I also look forward to hearing from administration officials what the United States’ response to this blatant violation of America’s sovereignty and security will be."
The FBI has concluded that the hack of Sony, which prompted a terroristic threat in response to a comedy movie that mocked North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has been traced back to the government in Pyongyang. In his Friday afternoon press conference, President Obama condemned the hack. He also called Sony's decision not to release The Interview on its planned opening day, Christmas, a "mistake."
Other possible GOP candidates have remained quiet on the issue. Email inquiries to the offices of senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, as well as to a spokesman for former Florida governor Jeb Bush, have not been returned. Both Rubio and Jindal said federal officials should do more in response to the cyber attack.
"The President and Congress must take a stand to protect our liberty here," Jindal said. Rubio urged the Obama administration to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, criticizing the George W. Bush administration for taking the totaliarian nation off the list.
"North Korea continues to threaten its neighbors, develop its nuclear weapons program, and imprison thousands of its civilians in modern day gulags. It is also important to remember that just last year, Panama intercepted a North Korean ship that was involved in transferring weapons between North Korea and Cuba and that Cuba has been a staunch defender of Pyongyang at the United Nations," said Rubio, who has also been sharply critical of the decision earlier this week by the Obama administration to pursue normalization with Cuba.
12:23 PM, Nov 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, will soon release this statement responding to the terror attack in Jerusalem.
"Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families after this evil attack on a place of worship," the statement reads.
"An attack on a synagogue shows that there are no bounds for terrorists. These are people depraved of any humanity in their hearts, and they must not only be stopped, they must be exterminated.
3:14 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana says the federal government should add people attempting to fly to and from Ebola-stricken countries to the no-fly list to stop them from entering the United States. Jindal, a Republican, released a statement reiterating his support for a travel ban from those countries in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak.
4:28 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry.
3:28 PM, Apr 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal released a health care proposal Wednesday aiming to repeal and replace Obamacare with a conservative alternative.
"President Obama has to stop saying there isn't an alternative," said Jindal, the two-term Republican, on a conference call with bloggers Wednesday afternoon. Jindal's plan, developed within his America Next organization, is a 22-page proposal that seeks to be the "replace part of repeal and replace," as he explains.
8:01 AM, Jan 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In November, the Obama Justice Department dropped a lawsuit aimed at stopping a school voucher program in Louisiana. The Louisiana Scholarship Program is intended to give students in failing public schools a chance to attend better schools, including private ones. Justice tried to block the program on the basis that it may have violated a 1975 federal desegregation order.
'The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with.'9:34 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal criticized the suspension of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson by network A&E.
8:39 AM, Nov 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Obama administration's Justice Department has dropped a lawsuit aiming to stop a school voucher program in the state of Louisiana. A ruling Friday by a United States district court judge revealed that the federal government has "abandoned" its pursuit of an injunction against the Louisiana Scholarship Program, a state-funded voucher program designed to give students in failing public schools the opportunity to attend better performing public or private schools.
2:24 PM, Oct 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
An organization representing Louisiana parents shouldn't be allowed to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the state's school voucher program, the Department of Justice said in a response to a motion requesting legal intervention.
5:32 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Louisana governor Bobby Jindal, the two-term Republican and potential presidential candidate, has announced the formation of a new group called America Next. The organization bills itself as a "conservative policy group" that aims to "focus on winning a war of ideas." Here's an excerpt from a mission statement by Jindal on the new group's website:
2:57 PM, Sep 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bobby Jindal is outraged over a Department of Justice lawsuit against a Louisiana school voucher program. The suit, which he (repeatedly) calls “cynical, immoral, and hypocritical” and the “worst misuse” of federal desegregation laws, aims to stop a program that allows poor students in failing schools to enter a lottery for a voucher to attend a better school.
10:01 AM, Sep 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
High costs and low-quality care have defined the state of Louisiana's system of charity hospitals, established during the Huey Long era to serve the medical needs of low-income citizens. Now, as the Associated Press's Melinda Deslatte reports, Republican governor Bobby Jindal is making the case that his privatization reforms are a successful conservative alternative for providing health care services to those in need:
7:01 AM, Aug 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Baton Rouge, La.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who also chairs the Republican Governors Association, says Republicans should be doing more to help Ken Cuccinelli in his race for the governorship in Virginia.
7:38 AM, May 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, both Republicans, have written a letter President Obama saying the IRS scandal "is big brother come to life."