Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, is speculated to be on Mitt Romney's short list of vice presidential running mate choices, appeared with Romney at a lunch in Louisiana today, which ABC News reports brought in a haul of $2 million.
Jindal, who appeared for the first time with Romney, addressed those attack ads head on, telling the group, “Maybe you’ve noticed you’ve been turning on your TV, you’ve been listening to the radio, been reading your emails, maybe you’ve noticed, our president has run an increasingly desperate and negative campaign.”Romney referred to Obama as "outsourcer-in-chief," and said Obama's policies "stink."
“Seems like every time you turn on the TV you hear another false, malicious attack,” said Jindal. “Despite the fact that independent fact checkers and the Washington Post and others have decried these attacks as false, they keep coming again and again. Why is that? It’s pretty simple. It’s because this president, President Obama, he cannot run on his record, he can’t run on his political philosophy so he has to attack and distort Governor Romney’s record.”
Jindal added that he is “thrilled” Romney is a “successful businessman saying, “You don’t want an unsuccessful businessman in the White House.”
Romney, who spoke for just over20 minutes, made several references to the cost of the fundraiser, quipping, “This is the most expensive lunch you’ve ever attended and I know that and I appreciate your generosity. These are big contributions that all help my campaign and with our victory effort are helpful to our Republican cause and so I thank you with great sincerity.”
Romney also spoke highly of Jindal, who is rumored to be under consideration as a running mate.
“What a brilliant introduction that was comprehensive and impressive and almost as impressive as what he’s accomplished here,” said Romney. “What I have seen here watching this governor in the short years he’s been here has really opened my eyes and the people across the country to see what one person can do if he or she has great ambition, vision and willingness to do whatever it takes and share credit where credit is due.”
This comes on the heels of Romney pulling in over $3 million in New York last week.
In May Romney outraised Obama by $17 million and in June Romney doubled that by outraising Obama by $35 million. Romney looks to be on track for another big month of fundraising.