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|Jindal draws 350 in Vidalia meeting|
Jindal draws 350 at Vidalia meeting
Gov. Bobby Jindal discussed state issues and answered questions before of a crowd of about 350 people Thursday at the first town meeting held in the parish by a governor.
"Gov. Jindal's people said this was one of the largest crowds they've had at a town meeting," said Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland. "We appreciate the people coming out."
After speaking for about 20 minutes, Jindal took questions, the first about whether he would be John McCain's running mate on the Republican ticket for President.
"Let me make it clear I have the job I want," Jindal said. "This is an historic time and we are going to see changes in our state."
Jindal recalled watching a replay of his inauguration and governor and noticing his three young children running around.
"The only time my 5-year old showed any interest was when three F-15 fighters flew over," Jindal said. "He asked me if I could do that again. We went up my office and he was looking out the window. I asked him what he was looking at and he said he was looking for those jets to come back. I told him if he behaved, they would come back in four years."
Jindal said he was for building more nuclear plants and drew cheers when he talked about signing the "Sex Offender Chemical Castration Bill," authorizing the chemical castration of those convicted of certain sex offenses.
Bob Sasser, president of St. Joseph Arts, Inc., asked Jindal about his line item veto striking $16 million in earmarks from the state budget. That included the veto of $50,000 in state appropriations to St. Joseph Arts.
Jindal said there was no way of knowing where some of the money was going ,who was getting what and who was connected.
"When an organization is funded through a competitive state grant instead of by an earmark, their record books are open," Jindal said.
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