Post defeat no need to change principles: Jindal

Last Updated: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 00:52

Washington: In the aftermath of the defeat of the Republican Party in the November 6 presidential poll, Lousiana`s Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal today said there is no need to change the party`s conservative ideals, but the leaders should not hurt the sentiments of the people.

"We don`t need to demonise -- and we also don`t need to be saying stupid things. Look, we had candidates in Indiana and Missouri that said offensive things that only hurt themselves and lost those Senate seats, but also have hurt the Republican Party across the board.

So, I think we can be true to our principles. We don`t need to pander or change our principles, but at the same time, we can be respectful," Jindal told the Fox News.
"I`m pro-life. I follow the teachings of my church and my faith. But at the same time, I think we can respect of those that we disagree with us.

We don`t need to demonize those who disagree with us. We need to respect the fact that others have come to different conclusions based on their own sincerely held beliefs and have a civil debate," he said in response to a question on pro-life and women.
Unmarried woman voted for Barack Obama by a margin of 67 per cent to 31 per cent, during the presidential elections.

Post election, Jindal has been seen critical of Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate.

"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. We are an aspirational party," Jindal said responding to Romney`s remarks that he lost because Obama bought votes of the targeted groups.

"Let the Democratic Party be the party that says demography is destiny, that says we are going to divide people by race, by gender, by class. We as a Republican Party, believe our conservative principles are good for every single voter. It`s not just a marketing campaign. It`s not just having better PR folks.

We`re going to go and convince and fight for every single vote, showing them we are the party for the middle class, upward mobility. We don`t start winning majorities and winning elections by insulting our voters," Jindal said.

41-year-old Jindal, a rising star of the party, is seen by many as a 2016 presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 23:29

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