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Bobby Jindal Gearing Up for Potential 2016 Campaign
National Review ^ | 02/28/2014 | Eliana Johnson

Posted on 02/28/2014 7:57:29 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal’s latest moves indicate he is gearing up for a presidential bid.

Though Jindal skewered Mitt Romney just a week after the 2012 election, he’s now turning to the Romney camp in an effort to beef up his fundraising operation. Sources say he is looking to tap Romney’s vast donor network and has asked Romney’s finance director, Spencer Zwick, for an assist with introductions to some of the Romney campaign’s top givers.

A number of the GOP’s likely Republican presidential candidates, including Rand Paul, are looking to Zwick to make these introductions. That’s in part a rite of passage – presidential contenders always want access to the fundraising list compiled by the previous candidate – and in part because the Romney team, which opted out of the public-financing system, was able to raise over $1 billion, an unprecedented amount for a GOP candidate. Romney and Zwick’s stable of top-dollar donors also has an especially loyal reputation relative to that of other nominees from both parties.

Jindal has said publicly he doesn’t know whether he’ll run in 2016, but at the end of 2013 he announced the creation of a nonprofit group, America Next, that will help him bolster his credentials as a thought leader within the Republican party ahead of the 2016 election. As he serves out his second term as governor, which ends in January 2016, it can also serve as something of a shadow campaign organization.

Thus far, the governor has staffed it like one. Though America Next will churn out conservative policy proposals, Jindal’s first organizational hire was Jill Neunabor, who ran the Romney campaign in Iowa during the general election and, during the primaries, served as deputy campaign manager in New Hampshire. Last month, he brought on a more traditional choice for a policy organization: former Jim DeMint staffer and Heritage Foundation scholar Chris Jacobs.

At the annual meeting of the Republican Governor’s Association earlier this week, Jindal injected himself back into the national conversation, surfacing in the nation’s capital with dramatic flair. Emerging from a White House meeting with President Obama, he got just a few steps down the driveway before calling the president’s failure to approve the Keystone pipeline tantamount to “waving the white flag of surrender” and assailing him for creating a “minimum-wage economy.”

RGA chairman Chris Christie’s absence from the organization’s news conference on Monday also allowed Jindal, the RGA’s vice chairman, to commandeer the event. He took a subtle jab at Christie, his potential 2016 rival and the man who in 2012 beat him out for this year’s RGA chairmanship. The RGA is “more important than just any one governor,” Jindal said.

“It’s not about the chairman,” he continued. “It wasn’t about the chairman when I was chairman last year. It’s not about the chairman this year.” (Jindal served as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2013, overseeing the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.)

— Eliana Johnson is media editor of National Review Online.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bobbyjindal; elections; potus

1 posted on 02/28/2014 7:57:29 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Milquetoast. No thanks.


2 posted on 02/28/2014 8:02:37 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SeekAndFind

I could live with Bobby Jindal on the GOP Ticket for VEEP. A Cruz/Jindal Ticket? Yeah... works for me.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 8:03:43 AM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll take a big, fat pass on Bobby.


4 posted on 02/28/2014 8:05:34 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I respect the job he has done as Governor, but my dog is more adept at public speaking.

Thanks, but no thanks. This would be a disaster.


5 posted on 02/28/2014 8:08:15 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Stands zero chance. Wet noodle in an oversized suit.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 8:11:27 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind

Like it or not, people vote for candidates in large part because of charisma. And Jindal has next to none.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 8:11:39 AM PST by gdani
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To: SeekAndFind

aaaahhh, I don’t think so. I’ll pass on him


8 posted on 02/28/2014 8:11:57 AM PST by cork (Gun control = hitting what you aim at)
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To: VRWC For Truth

I’ll have him for HHS Secretary ( assuming the department hasn’t been closed down yet ).


9 posted on 02/28/2014 8:14:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; flaglady47; seekthetruth
Let's face it. With all due respect, Bobby is a goofy-looking guy. In this day of TV, that counts, unfortunately.

In some photos, he even looks uncomfortably like Obama.

Just another aspiring third-tier loser candidate to screw up the GOP primaries again and split the conservative vote....for no other reason than ego.

Leni

10 posted on 02/28/2014 8:16:06 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: SeekAndFind

Jindal does not much appeal.


11 posted on 02/28/2014 8:16:11 AM PST by usual suspect
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know anyone who thinks quicker on his feet than Bobby Jindal. Or much smarter than him. He is Cruz’s equal in intelligence. I’m constantly amazed at all the facts he has on command. When he speaks he rarely slips into duhs and uhs. The best at that is Linda Lingle ( ex rep gov of Hawaii).

Once again too many of us are letting the other side define a good man.

I would go nuts over any ticket that had Cruz or Jindal or Palin in any order on that ticket.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 8:27:33 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Din Maker
I like the idea of Jindal as Veep as well, but I won't cry the blues if he is not on the ticket at all.

Walker/Jindal
Walker/Cruz
Cruz/Walker
Cruz/Jindal

I am good with any of these.
13 posted on 02/28/2014 8:41:34 AM PST by needmorePaine
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To: SeekAndFind

Jindal would be the “Silent Cal” type candidate.


14 posted on 02/28/2014 8:42:17 AM PST by GraceG
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15 posted on 02/28/2014 8:51:07 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: GraceG

I’m reading Calvin Coolidge by Amity Shales.
This country needs a “Silent Cal.”

Reagan put the portraits of Washington, Andrew Jackson, Eisenhower, and Coolidge in his Cabinet room.


16 posted on 02/28/2014 8:52:47 AM PST by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a bizarro world when folks term Bobby Jindal odd looking and would vote in old hag Hildabeast.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 8:55:08 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a lot of respect for Jindal, but he just doesn’t have the titanium cojones needed the national stage, IMHO.


18 posted on 02/28/2014 9:01:39 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

“Needed for” the national stage...


19 posted on 02/28/2014 9:02:26 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

What kind of cojones does our current President have?


20 posted on 02/28/2014 9:02:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Only the ones he borrows by having a personal mafia surround him-just like Nixon did. I didn’t say the idiot in chief had cojones-I said I think the country needs someone who does have them. And the current one has never been my president.


21 posted on 02/28/2014 9:11:22 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

OK, next question -— given that you need the cojones to be President on the national stage and given that the current one doesn’t have any without the media inventing one for him, what in Jindal’s record as two-term governor tells us that he does not have the cojones at all?


22 posted on 02/28/2014 9:13:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

These conservative Presidential wanna-bees need to get together, take an honest inventory of themselves, then choose the best candidate - for the good of the country.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 9:15:54 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So Jindal is now trying to sell himself to Team Romney?

What a disappointment he's turned out to be...

24 posted on 02/28/2014 9:21:07 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SeekAndFind

For those of you who think Jindal is too polite, his recent address to conservatives at the Reagan Library had me reconsidering this man. He is an equal (in terms of his intellect and speaking ability) to Ted Cruz, although he is less outspoken.....

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/war-religion-bobby-jindal-reagan/2014/02/13/id/552736


25 posted on 02/28/2014 9:49:41 AM PST by BereanBrain
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To: SeekAndFind

If all the wannabes do jump in, the debate stages will be so crowded that all they have time for is Yes or No questions from the moderators.


26 posted on 02/28/2014 9:50:20 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not a cop collecting evidence, I’m stating my opinion on the subject, not attacking a position or demanding to know why someone else has another one...

His attitude in his speeches and news appearances-on Fox, before you ask-just don’t project a tough enough attitude across the board not to be intimidated by political bullies. Again, my opinion-I’m entitled to it, just as everyone else is entitled to theirs.


27 posted on 02/28/2014 9:57:00 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Milquetoast. No thanks.


And neither of his parents were US citizens when he was born. And even if they were; milquetoast is enough to make him lose. We need a strong, firey, courageous, principled, take-no-prisoners constitutionalist candidate who is eager to take on the GOPe.


28 posted on 02/28/2014 10:18:54 AM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Jindal were on the ticket, I’d vote for him. He’s not 100% perfect, but between all the potential candidates so far, he’s at least in my top 3.

I’m terrified of another rino winning the primary in 2016. I think I threw up a little when I bubbled in Romney’s name for the election. He was about the last person I wanted in the primary, but I certainly wasn’t going to vote for Obama.


29 posted on 02/28/2014 1:51:50 PM PST by Marko413
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To: SeekAndFind

Jindal would be good, but I hope he’d be in a Cruz cabinet as Engery Sec.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 6:12:45 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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