Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a vehement opponent of the Medicaid expansion embedded in the 2010 healthcare law, is the latest government official to bow out from his speaking engagement at the Republican National Convention in Tampa because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
The Louisiana Republican, a Modern Healthcare 1997 Up and Comer, said in a news conference Monday that he would instead focus his responsibilities in his home region, which could be affected by the approaching storm. Later this week marks the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the nation's Gulf Coast.
“Let me get one thing out of the way: I will not be speaking or attending the Republican convention in Florida,” Jindal said. “Certainly party conventions are interesting, but there is no time for politics here in Louisiana along our coast,” he said, adding that he would not take any additional questions about the convention.