Presidential contender Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address Thursday at the National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans.
According to a press release containing some of Jindal’s prepared remarks, the Republican governor of Louisiana – which has been named as the most pro-life state in the nation – will blast the Republican Party “smart guys” for failing to adhere to a commitment to pro-life policies, portraying the pro-life base, instead, as a “distraction.”
“The Republican smart guys in Washington see cultural issues such as protecting life as a side issue and a distraction,” Jindal plans to say. “They urge us to minimize discussions of such things that they fear will alienate voters.”
Referring to Republicans of this mind-set as “spineless,” Jindal will assert, “Hear me on this – we will not hide our lamp under a bushel. If the Republican Party cannot make defending the defenseless into a winning issue, they should just close up shop.”
As NOLA.com reports, Jindal will deliver his address the night before four fellow presidential hopefuls – Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen. Rick Santorum – arrive to participate in a Friday morning panel.
“There are some Republicans running for President who would like to sneak into this convention, whisper about being pro-life, and then sneak away hoping the press won’t report on it,” Jindal intends to say.
Jindal will also observe that some in the pro-life community need to consider how they get their message across.
“There are some pro-lifers who go out of their way to alienate and condemn people who are not pro-life,” he will say. “I believe that is also a mistake, and I’ll tell you why. It should be our objective to convince and convert every American to become pro-life. In fact, I believe we should look at these people not as ‘not pro-life’ but rather as ‘not pro-life…yet.’”
Jindal will assert that the “radical left, which by the way is President Obama and Secretary Clinton and the majority of the Supreme Court” want the pro-life movement to be “silenced.”
“And the Republican smart guys want to whisper about being pro-life, they want us to be quiet,” he will add. “We will not be silenced or quiet. If they don’t want to hear me talk about these issues they better buy some ear muffs because I will not be silenced.”