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May 03, 2008 10:12 IST
Last Updated: May 03, 2008 17:36 IST

Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana, has ruled out the possibility of becoming the running mate to the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, saying that his focus was on getting his state back on its feet after the debilitating Katrina.

Jindal's name has surfaced as a potential running mate to Senator McCain but the Indian American has persistently ruled it out.

"...I've said it several times before...I'll say it again: I've got the job I want. When I campaigned across the state, I told people this is a historic time for the people of Louisiana. We won't get to make these changes again. This isn't a normal time, normal piece of history for my state," Jindal said at the National Press Club in Washington.

"The changes we make are generational changes. I want to be a part of that. I want to help lead that effort. This may be the only elected position I'll ever have, and that's just fine for me. This is not a stepping-stone for me. This is an opportunity to help lead my state forward," he said.

"I'll say this again. I'll make this prediction right now: He (McCain) is not going to ask me to run. I think it'd be presumptuous of me to turn down something I've not been offered," Jindal said.

"My commitment to the people of Louisiana is, I've got the best job in the world. I really do. I wake up and I don't know any other way to say this. I've got a job where I get to make a difference for my state," he said.

"We've got great leadership in the house and the Senate. We're getting great things done for our state. So, I'm happy where I am. My prediction is I'll be running for reelection, and I want to be governor of the state of Louisiana," Jindal added.

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