Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, recently said that "Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Willie Robertson would make a "great running mate."
Willie is the son of Phil Robertson, who has made disparaging remarks about homosexuals, advised men to marry 15 and 16-year-old girls and recently imagined an Atheist family being brutally murdered.
Gov. Jindal was asked about Willie as his potential running mate during a Good Friday prayer breakfast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, noted Bloomberg Politics.
"As a running mate? Sure, but as vice president. I assume that’s what you’re asking, not the other way around,” Gov. Jindal said. “He’s a great guy, I think he’d be a great running mate. It’d be a huge pay cut for him, so I’m not sure he’d be willing to do it.”
Gov. Jindal gave Willie a newly-created entrepreneurial excellence award last year on the Robertson's A&E reality series (video below).
Gov. Jindal defended Phil in 2013 after the family patriarch compared homosexuality to bestiality in an interview with GQ magazine.
According to TIME, Gov. Jindal said in a statement:
Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.
The Huffington Post noted that in 2014 that Phil claimed AIDS was part of God's punishment for sexual immorality, but Gov. Jindal refused to condemn those remarks.
"Phil is a friend and he has a right to stand up and speak, to say what he wants to say,” Gov. Jindal stated. “I won't try to explain everything he says. Phil is perfectly capable of explaining and defending his own words.”