(USA TODAY) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went on the record over the weekend to reject GOP chatter about impeaching President Obama.
Jindal, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a potential candidate for the White House in 2016, spoke out after at least three congressional Republicans have spoken to constituents at town halls during their August recess about the possibility of impeachment
"Look, I reject that kind of talk," Jindal said Sunday of impeachment chatter, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press. "The reality is I didn't like it when the left spent eight years trying to delegitimize President Bush, calling to question his election. I don't think we should be doing that to President Obama."
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., responded to a question earlier this month by saying, "I don't have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors -- but I think they're getting perilously close," Coburn said, adding Obama was a "personal friend."
Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told his Texas constituents earlier in August that the GOP-controlled House "could probably get the votes" to impeach Obama.
And in a video posted online Tuesday, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan responded to a constituent that moving to impeach Obama "would be a dream come true."
Jindal, however, flatly rejected the notion as counterproductive.
"The reality is one of the great things about this country is we do have a peaceful transfer of power," he said. "I disagree with this president's policies, but instead of talking about impeachment, let's get out there and let's have a legitimate debate, let's fight his policies, let's try to repeal Obamacare, let's try to promote school choice, let's fight against more government spending."
Jindal has been outspoken in his criticism of fellow Republicans in the past. After the election last year, Jindal called on Republicans to "stop being the stupid party."