Bobby Jindal: Republicans Thinking About 2016 Need Heads 'Examined'

02/04/2013 10:22 am ET

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) brushed off speculation about the 2016 presidential race on Monday, saying that any Republican already considering a bid needs to get his or her "head examined."

"Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president in 2016, I've said, needs to get their head examined," Jindal said during an appearance on "Fox and Friends." "And the reason I say that is, we've lost two presidential elections in a row, we need to be winning the debate of ideas-- then we'll win elections."

Jindal continued, "We're not winning the conversation, we're not presenting our ideas, we're not in that debate as well as we should be."

Jindal, whom many consider to be a likely contender in the next Republican presidential primary, said that it's too early to start 2016 chatter.

"The country doesn't need four years of non-stop presidential -- we just inaugurated a new term of this president's second term," Jindal said.

Instead, Jindal believes the party should focus on examining where the party went wrong during the 2012 cycle.

"We as Republicans need to reject identity politics, reject this divisiveness, and instead appeal to what really unites us as Americans," Jindal said.

In the months since the election, Jindal has emerged as a vocal critic of his own party.

"We've got to stop being the stupid party," Jindal said during a speech at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting last month. "It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults... We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that."

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