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Hawkeye of the Tiger: Jindal (Unofficially) Campaigns in Iowa


Bobby Jindal is taking the weekend off from LSU’s potential exigency and the state’s massive budget shortfall. Da Gov’ says that he has not decided whether a run for the Republican Presidential nomination is in his future. However, he did decide to visit Iowa (again) for a few days.

 

On Friday (4.24) night, Bobby J was in Oskaloosa, Iowa to speak to about 100 people. On Saturday (4.25) morning, he spoke to about 50 people in Ottumwa, Iowa. According to the Ottumwa Courier, the stump speech opened with the familiar story of Jindal’s parents’ immigrant experience and the need for assimilation. "[Some] want to set up their own, separate society within American culture. That makes no sense," he professed. "We don't care about your race or the color of your skin, but I don't think it's too much to ask that you become an American if you're going to live here.”

 

Jindal also doubled down on his support for “religious freedom” laws like the controversial legislation that Indiana and Arkansas recently backed down from. “But this is bigger than that,” he said. “I think big corporations made a mistake in Indiana. I think they made a mistake because these were sincerely held religious beliefs. That’s what this debate is really about.”

 

The headline event of the junket is the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s spring event, a veritable casting call for the G.O.P. candidate. The lineup includes Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Santorum and businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Notably absent will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.




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