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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks to the media for Perry after a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaks to the media for Perry after a Republican presidential debate Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)  

Despite endorsement, Bobby Jindal says he’s not interested in V.P.

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

TAMPA, Fla. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he supports Rick Perry for president, but dismissed suggestions that he’s angling for a spot on the ticket under the Texas governor if he wins the GOP nomination.

“No, I will not be V.P.” Jindal told reporters after the tea party-themed debate hosted by CNN. “I want to be governor of the great state of Louisiana.” (RELATED: Perry, Romney accuse each other of scaring seniors)

Jindal endorsed Perry on Monday. He showed up in Tampa and sat in the audience during Monday’s debate, sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express.

Earlier Monday, in a brief interview with The Daily Caller, Jindal explained his endorsement.

“We’ve been talking to Rick for sometime,” Perry told TheDC. “He’s been a neighbor. He was a great neighbor during [Hurricane] Gustav. Helped us tremendously. I’ve seen the great economic track record they got in the state of Texas. He’s somebody who I feel strongly about, that I think will be a great president.”

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