CBNNews.com - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal led the Republican countercharge to President Barack Obama's plans for the economy Tuesday night, telling a television audience that the President's measures were "irresponsible."
"In all these areas, Republicans want to work with President Obama," the Louisiana governor explained. "We appreciate his message of hope - but sometimes it seems we look for hope in different places. Democratic leaders in Washington place their hope in the federal government. We place our hope in you - the American people."
Jindal attempted to explain the two parties fundamental differences about the role of government.
Click play to watch a portion of Jindal's speech.
"The way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians," Jindal added. "The massive economic stimulus bill recently enacted by Obama and congressional Democrats, he said, will expand the government, "increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt."
"We oppose the National Democrats' view that says -- the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government," he said. "We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, and empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs."
In very plain terms, Jindal accepted the fact that the GOP probably deserved the defeats they were handed in the last two national elections.
"You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility," he said. "Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington."
Now, he said, "our party is determined to regain your trust."
CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody pointed out that in Jindal, the GOP has a new fresh face. He is rumored to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
"(He) is ridiculously bright, very convincing and folksy," Brody wrote in his popular blog, The Brody File. "He's a little bit of everything."
"Jindal has the advantage of being a guy who has huge upside in the way he's defined," he said. "By being a different sort of looking Republican, he has a built in advantage already in a party looking to redefine itself. It molds perfectly together."
Brody also stressed the Republican Party wants to go back to its fiscal roots, but warns they should not look "so retro that they feel so 1982. It's not 1982 anymore."
"The question for Jindal and the GOP as a whole will be this: can they really come up with serious solutions to serious problems or are they just waiting for Obama and the Democrats to fail?," Brody wrote.
Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press