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Gov. Jindal to Cheney: Go Easy on Obama

Friday, 17 Apr 2009 08:20 PM

By David A. Patten

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, frequently mentioned as a leading Republican contender for president, suggested that former Vice President Dick Cheney should back off of criticizing the national-security intentions of President Obama.

Speaking on ABC’s "Good Morning America," Jindal said, “I don’t think we should question President Obama’s patriotism or his intentions.”

Cheney recently remarked on CNN’s "State of the Union" program that Obama’s decisions had raised “the risk to the American people of another attack.”

Asked for his reaction to Cheney’s statement, Jindal replied Thursday, “I think Democrat or Republican, we should all agree that our current president, our former president would obviously want to do everything they could to keep us safe. Let's give the new administration a chance. Let's not question their intentions. Let's have a real debate on their policies.”

Jindal praised Obama’s apparent willingness to listen to the needs of U.S. commanders in Iraq, and to be flexible regarding the timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. But he also voiced concerns about the tenor of Obama’s recent remarks during the G-20 summit in London.

“At some point, we need to stop going overseas and apologizing, criticizing our predecessors,” said Jindal.

Added Jindal: “At the end of the day, I don't think we should be questioning the administration's intentions, but I think it's good to have an honest debate.”

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