Would not run as Romney VP candidate: Jindal

Houston: After Nikki Haley, the second Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal has said he won`t be running for US Vice Presidentship as a running mate of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Jindal has just been elected to a second term as Governor of Louisiana and said he isn`t interested in running as Mitt Romney`s vice presidential candidate. But, he said he would put in all efforts behind the Romney campaign to get him elected. "I`ve got the job that I want," said Jindal, noting that he is just beginning to tackle retirement reform in his state and has other goals to accomplish.

Though opting to stay out of the race, Jindal, a Republican, made a sharp attack on President Barack Obama, charging him with leading America toward a European socialist-type government.

He warned that America`s energy sector would see "continued hostility" if President Barack Obama is re-elected. "You already see it in the first term," Jindal said.

Jindal`s comments came during a town meeting on Thursday with representatives from 17 energy companies, raising money for Utah Governor Gary Herbert`s re-election campaign. "We`re already seeing a hostile regulatory environment that is diminishing production of energy."

Jindal said that, if Obama is re-elected, he wouldn`t be able to get a cap-and-trade bill through Congress, but he is concerned that the administration could try to achieve it through a "regulatory fiat."

Jindal said that the Obama administration has brought America high unemployment and high deficits, and "you`ve got a president who is leading us toward a European socialist-type government."