Says GOP pollster John McLaughlin, whose firm has done work for Republican organizations and candidates around the country, but not for Jindal: "At a time when Gov. Romney has to put forth a response to an unsuccessful presidency, Gov. Jindal's seen as the type of substantive person you'd like to have around."
Jindal backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the GOP primary over Romney. Even so, he's proved to be a loyal supporter since Romney clinched the nomination, traveling the country to give speeches on his behalf and appearing on national television to criticize Obama or counter the president's attacks against the candidate.
At times, it's seemed like Jindal was auditioning for the job. But don't expect him on Monday to entertain questions about whether he's being vetted or would serve on the ticket. He's dodged those questions, talking about his love of his job as Louisiana's chief executive while showering praise on Romney.
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