Gov. Bobby Jindal has put to rest months of water cooler speculation about his interest in this fall's U.S. Senate race. The governor says definitively that he will not run for the Senate.

The governor told The Times-Picayune that the answer is "absolutely no. No caveats, no loopholes." Jindal says his only political plans are to seek re-election in 2011.

Although Jindal had never indicated an interest in the Senate seat, that had not stopped months of rumor-mongering among political types eager to see incumbent Republican David Vitter have to fight off a high-profile challenge in the primary.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon also is running for the seat. The party primary election is Aug. 28, and the general election is Nov. 2.