Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy slams Bobby Jindal for being "ridiculous"

Jindal tried to turn a bipartisan press event into a GOP talking points marathon, but Malloy wasn't amused

By Elias Isquith

Published February 25, 2014 7:30PM (EST)

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," on Tuesday morning, Connecticut's Democratic governor, Dannel Malloy, continued to poke fun at Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal for trying to turn a Monday bipartisan conversation with the press into an impromptu rally for Jindal 2016.

After a group of both Republican and Democratic governors met with President Obama on Monday, Jindal disrupted the atmosphere of tenuous bipartisan camaraderie by switching the topic from a discussion of areas where governors from both parties could agree to a rant about how awful and terrible and no-good Barack Obama is as president.

Of Obama's stewardship of the American economy, Jindal said, "This president and the White House seems to be waving the white flag of surrender. The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that. I think America can do better than that.” Jindal went on to mention the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as something Obama could do to boost economic growth.

Gov. Malloy was standing beside Jindal during his recitation of GOP talking points and became evidently unhappy with the Louisiana governor's remarks.

Once Jindal had finished, Malloy stepped toward the mic and said, "Now just one second — until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road and so let me just say this: We don't all agree that moving Canadian oil through the United States is necessarily the best thing for the United States economy ... So there are clearly differences here, quite frankly.

"So you just heard what I think just ended up being the partisan statement we heard all weekend," Malloy added, before chiding Jindal for his "white flag" remark, saying it was "the most insane statement I ever heard."

Malloy didn't back down from his criticism on Tuesday when he joined the "Morning Joe" crew, reiterating the "ridiculous" nature of Jindal's comments. "It is baseless to equate the talking about the minimum wage with the white flag,” Malloy said.

You can watch Jindal and Malloy's indirect bickering below, via ABC News:

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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