Bobby Jindal, open to 2016 run, rips Obama after White House meeting

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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.

WASHINGTON — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — who appears open to running for president as a Republican in 2016 — repeatedly ripped President Barack Obama on Monday after governors of both parties met with the president at the White House.

“What worries me is that it appears that after five years of being in office, the president is waving the white flag of surrender,” Jindal said about the economy at a news conference organized by the Republican Governors Association. “It seems to me the Obama economy is now the minimum-wage economy.”

“And the reality is America can do better,” Jindal continued. “Growth of 2 to 3 percent is not enough. A labor force participation rate the lowest that it’s been in 36 years is not good enough. Policies like the minimum-wage increase will destroy another 500,000 jobs. It’s not good enough.”

Jindal, who is term-limited, is not running for re-election for governor in 2014. On Monday, he said he doesn’t know if he’ll run for president in 2016.

“My honest answer is I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in 2016,” Jindal said. “But I think we all need to be focused on 2014. Let’s win the election in front of us. One of the things I am doing is working to win the war of ideas. You’ve heard me say this before: We can’t be the party of no.”

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