Jindal not among seven names listed as featured GOP convention speakers
Chris Miller Reporting
Senator John McCain, former U.S. Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: these are some of the names on the list of featured speakers at the Republican National Convention that begins later this month. Not on that list: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Jindal has been an oft-rumored vice presidential candidate for the Republican ticket this election as the Louisiana governor traveled the country stumping for Mitt Romney, but it may not necessarily be a sign that he's out of favor with the Romney campaign. Several other names on the rumored VP list are likewise not part of the list of featured speakers released by the GOP.
Still, UNO political science professor Dr. Ed Chervenak says he doesn't think it's likely that Jindal will be on the ticket.
"They like him as a fundraiser more than anything else," Chervenak said. He says the GOP still has memories of Jindal's critically panned response to President Barack Obama's speech on the economy from a few years ago.
"I don't think they're going to take that chance again. He was widely panned the last time he addressed the nation," Chervenak said.
Chervenak thinks Mitt Romney will probably make an announcement regarding his running mate after the Olympics wrap up later this week, "and of course he'll be very scrutinized because that will be Romney's first decision as the Republican nominee."