At the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, weighed in on the national debate about the federal government's proper role.
"The first concept I want to talk about is simply this – America is not the federal government," said Jindal, toward the beginning of his speech. "Take a minute to let that thought sink in. America is not the federal government. In fact, America is not much about government at all. In America, government is one of those things you have to have, but you sure don’t want too much of it…kind of like your in-laws."
Jindal suggested that his point of view is drastically different than what is being discussed. "This is of course the polar opposite of the political debate in our country today. At present we have one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it, and one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can get it under control. It’s a terrible debate, it’s a debate fought entirely on our opponents’ terms."
Jindal encouraged his fellow Republicans to think bigger. "A debate about which party can better manage the federal government is a very small and shortsighted debate. If our vision is not bigger than that, we do not deserve to win," he said.
The Louisiana governor's office called the speech "a rebuttal to President Obama’s inaugural speech where he laid out a liberal vision of and for America." Jindal is rumored to be considering a 2016 presidential run.