Jindal, Malloy spar after White House meeting

Photo from Office of Gov. Bobby Jindal
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 9:00am

Red-state/blue-state rancor flared on Monday outside the White House between two governors - one with potential presidential aspirations.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and his Connecticut Democratic counterpart, Dannel Malloy, squared off over the minimum wage after they and other governors met with President Barack Obama.

Jindal criticized the Obama administration for waving a "white flag of surrender" on the economy. Malloy labeled those comments the "most partisan statement" that the nation's governors heard during their weekend of meetings in Washington.

"I think there are things we can do instead of waving the white flag of surrender, instead of declaring this economy to be a minimum wage economy. I think our economy, I think America can do better," Jindal said at a news conference after the Obama meeting.

Jindal, who is term-limited and is considering a White House run in 2016, slammed Obama for his executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.

"Just one second," Malloy said to Jindal. "Until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road."

"Let's be clear there are differences here and you just heard what I think ended up being probably the most partisan statement that we had all weekend," he said.

"I don't know what the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week. I mean that is the most insane statement I ever heard quite frankly. Let's be very clear that we have had a great meeting and we didn't go down that road and it just started again and we didn't start it," he said.

Jindal didn't back down, stepping back up to the microphone.

"If that was the most partisan statement he heard all weekend, I want to make sure that he hears a more partisan statement which is I think we can also grow the economy more if we delayed more of these Obamacare mandates," he said.

Jindal's remarks came after governors sought to underscore areas of agreement, like improvements to transportation and shared concerns over cuts to the National Guard.

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