Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal accused the Republican establishment of trying to stack the deck against conservative candidates by limiting the number of sanctioned presidential debates.
“I think a lot of the folks who are complaining about the process are really complaining that they don’t want someone who is too conservative and really wants to repeal ObamaCare,” Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said at a Monday Christian Science Monitor breakfast, according to The Hill.
After saying that he is “glad” that voters and not the donors and political class decide the party’s presidential nominee, Jindal reportedly said that, ” there’s this idealistic belief, this idea that if we could just have fewer debates we’d have a kinder, gentler nominating process and it’d be easier to get the right nominee.”
“Well, democracy is messy, and… political leaders and the establishment leaders aren’t going to be the ones picking the nominee,” he continued.
Jindal reportedly also said that so long as a lot of candidates run, “there are going to be a number of different forums.” He said organizers “might call them forums” or “discussions,” but there will be events in addition to the sanctioned debates.
The Republican National Committee recently announced its slate of sanctioned 2016 debates, and the majority of the debates went to liberal media organizations.