Jindal: Time for GOP to Leave Past Behind

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WASHINGTON - In an interesting fluke of timing, the same Republican who responded to President Obama's big Capitol Hill speech last month was again representing the GOP opposite the president Tuesday night.

Louisana Governor Bobby Jindal was appearing at a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser to tell party members it is time to stop talking about past losses and mistakes.

Click play to hear a clip of Gov. Bobby Jindal's speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

After two bruising elections with huge Republican losses, Jindal said, "It's been healthy to look as Republicans in the mirror. It's been healthy to realize and admit our mistakes of the past. And we've done quite a lot of that. You've heard me say it. You've said it as well. We were defending spending and corruption we never would have accepted in the other side. But we have done enough of that," he continued.

"The reality is it's been almost five months since the last election," Jindal reminded his audience.  "It is time to declare our time of introspection and navel-gazing officially over. We need to stop worrying so much about the past, about fixing the Republican Party.  We need to worry more about fixing our country and helping to chart America's future."

Republicans Must Stand Up to Obama

Jindal pointed out Republicans must not be afraid to face the fact that their role is to be the loyal opposition -- but that that means not only being loyal, but when necessary, opposing Obama and the Democrats.

"I'll not be browbeaten on this," he said. "I'll not kowtow to their political correctness. We will be the loyal opposition. So my answer to this question is very simple. When they ask do you want the president to fail, it depends on what he's trying to do. There's something far more important to us than whether the president or any politician fails -- far more importantly, we don't want America to fail."

Jindal, often touted as a leading Republican contender for the presidency in 2012, said he wants Obama to succeed if and when the president acts to cut taxes on job-providers, reduce the deficit and government spending, and act in a bipartisan manner.

"When the president wants to spend our country into debt, interminable debt, putting not only this generation, but future generations into a position where the only way out is massive tax increases, we oppose that policy not because we want the President to fail, but because we want Americans to succeed," Jindal said.

The Louisiana governor's appearance at the Republican fundraiser helped to party raise more than $6 million.

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