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.