BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor Bobby Jindal went on a Fox News show, "Your World with Neil Cavuto," to explain himself and where he stands on recent statements stirring controversy. He stood firm in his "no-go zones" statements he made earlier in the week.
A "no-go" zone describes and area where supposedly radical religious law rules, and anyone not following that is unwelcome. It was a concept used in a story by Fox News, but the network eventually apologized and said the story of such a thing couldn't be verified. Host Neil Cavuto pointed that out to Jindal, but Jindal didn't budge.
Recently, Jindal has come under a lot of fire from critics, but he says he stands by his statements, knowing they would not be popular.
The media buzz the Governor has generated in the last week is not lost on political analyst and radio host Jim Engster.
"I think that the governor knows that publicity is a necessity, and there's the old axiom that no publicity is bad, but in this case he's staking a claim to the right wing of the Republican Party," said Engster.
Jindal said there are areas in London known as "no-go" zones where law enforcement officers are afraid to patrol and Islamic leaders control those neighborhoods.
"You can call them whatever term you want, but absolutely you have neighborhoods, communities of people that don't want to integrate, that don't want to assimilate," said Jindal on Fox News Wednesday. He went on to say they may be second, third or fourth generation where they have colonized to overtake the culture, and that is what is going to happen in America "if we're not careful."
Here are some excerpts from the conversation:
This is getting a lot of attention, partly because Jindal is considering a run for the White House. But with budget problems in Louisiana, and now critics abroad, it could impact the Governor's political career.
Engster has little doubt that Jindal's media blitz is building up to a presidential campaign effort, but he is also quick to point out that the Governor still has business left in his home state that could come under fire in the national spotlight.
"The question is whether or not he can catapult himself to the presidency with a record that has some real questions and the questions are growing by the minute with the price of oil decreasing and the budget, on paper going down day by day by a significant amount," said Engster.
When asked about his intentions to run, the Governor has told reporters that he and his family are praying about the matter and will make a decision in the coming months.
Jindal will headline a prayer rally on the LSU campus on Saturday.