La. gov to give GOP response to Obama speech

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been picked to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's first speech to Congress.

It's another big role for Jindal, who has become increasingly prominent in a Republican Party struggling to reshape itself.

Obama plans to talk about the nation's problems at a joint session of the House and Senate on Feb. 24.

Republican congressional leaders said Wednesday that Jindal will give the Republican response in a nationally televised address from Baton Rouge immediately after Obama's speech.

The 37-year-old is regularly mentioned as a potential 2012 or 2016 presidential contender, though he insists he is running for re-election in 2011 and has no plans to run for president.

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