Meet the Press | August 25, 2013
>>> now republican governor of louisiana bobby jindal . welcome back to "meet the press."
>> thank you for having me.
>> good to have you here in person. you as a potential nominee in 2016 , you've taken on your party, said, look, the american dream 's got to be within reach for everybody and we as republicans need to find a way to provide a blueprint for americans to get their vote with changing demographics in the country. you said at one time, calling your party the stupid party for some of the remarks made in the 2012 campaign. so i want to ask you about the battles that are brewing in terms of this tension between spending restraint and making more investments. the president speaking a couple days ago, said, look, there is no more deficit crisis. the deficit is coming down. here are his remarks.
>> we don't have an urgent deficit crisis. the only crisis we have is one that's manufactured in washington, and it's ideological. and the basic notion is, is that we shouldn't be helping people get health care and we shouldn't be helping kids who can't help themselves and whose parents are underresourced, we shouldn't be helping them get a leg up.
>> this is about the role of government in helping people reach their version of the american dream .
>> sure. well, a couple things. obviously, i disagree with the president. i still think we have a deficit and debt crisis, debt nearing $17 trillion, but to the bigger point. i want to pick up on something your earlier guests said, when it comes to the american dream , the next great civil rights fight is about making sure every child as a great education. it comes down to making sure that every american has a chance at a great-paying job, starting with education. we like to say we're for equal opportunity in education but that's not the reality in america. if your parents have the means, they move the a good neighborhood with good public schools or saving their dollars to send you to a good private school . there are too many kids trapped in poor neighborhoods with poor failing public schools . in louisiana we're doing something about it. 90% of our kids in new orleans are in charter schools . we've e taken the program statewide so dollars can follow the child. the teacher unions fight against that. just on friday. the department of justice said they would go to court. we have a scholarship program. 100% of the kids are low income, 100% in failing schools, c, d, f schools, 90% of the kids are minorities. 8,000 parent have chosen to take these dollars and send their kids to other schools for a better education and a better fit for their children. now the department of justice using the same rules that were there to prevent discrimination against minority children is going after some of these parents and kids and saying we don't know that we want to allow you to make this choice. we want you to have to go to a federal judge . we need to provide a great education for every