By Geneva Sands - 09/14/11 04:39 PM EDT
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said that presidential hopeful and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) "deserves a lot of credit" for his recent comments on Social Security.
"I think Rick deserves a lot of credit for being brave enough for say what we all know, but our leaders are too afraid to tell us — that Social Security needs to be preserved for those that are already in retirement or nearing retirement. It needs to be improved for younger workers," Jindal said on Fox News Wednesday.
Perry has been highly critical of Social Security, calling it a "Ponzi scheme" and a "monstrous lie" on the campaign trail.
His comments have drawn criticism from fellow Republican candidates.
Jindal endorsed Perry for president on Monday, but ruled out running as his vice president.
He said he is supporting Perry in the presidential election primarily because of his record on job creation.
"As a governor of Texas the last two years they've created nearly half the jobs created in this country. He understands we've got to cut regulations, cut taxes, control government spending. Fundamentally Governor Perry, Rick Perry understands the federal government doesn't create jobs," said Jindal.
"He's not just talking the talk, he's actually walked the walk," he added.