Posted on August 5, 2014

Pat Robertson on Bobby Jindal: “Wouldn’t It Be Great If We Had a President Who Was a Former Hindu from India?”

Elias Isquith, Salon, August 4, 2014

The 2016 presidential election is still quite a ways away, but it looks like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has got the inside track when it comes to securing that most coveted of endorsements–that of “700 Club” host and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson.

During Monday’s edition of his seemingly never-ending show, Robertson introduced a short profile of Jindal by noting his “Indian background” as well as his rumored interest in running for president.


Getting a little ahead of himself with enthusiasm, Robertson then wondered, “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a president who was a former Hindu from India?” That, Robertson noted, would make a “great story.”

While it’s true that Jindal was at one time a Hindu, the conservative Catholic, having been born in the U.S., has always been an American citizen. And that’s pretty good, so far as Jindal’s presidential ambitions are concerned; the Constitution mandates that only a “natural-born citizen” can be president of the United States.