Bobby Jindal on Support Surge in Hawkeye State: ‘Building a Movement in Iowa’

Republican Presidential hopeful and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 15th Annual Family Banquet and Presidential Forum held at the Iowa State fairgrounds on September 19, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Eight of the Republican candidates including Donald Trump are expected to attend the …
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GOP presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is pleased he’s seeing growing crowds in Iowa, which reflect the latest NBC poll that has Jindal tied for fifth place in Iowa and the most recent Fox News Index where he snuck into the top ten.

“We’re very pleased to see the increasing support we’re seeing on the ground in Iowa translate in the poll results,” Jindal told Breitbart News. “It’s because we’re investing the time on the ground. We’re going to every one of the 99 counties. I went to my 48th county today.”

The latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has Jindal in the top five – with six percent support in Iowa, which makes him tied with Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Jindal’s pollster, Wes Anderson, said the NBC poll finally “shows what we’ve been seeing on the ground.”

“It becomes a time when according to this particular survey, we see Trump having fallen off his highs, and Bush falling to single digits, and the rise of Carson and Fiorina… but that puts us tied with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for fifth place,” Anderson touted.

Jindal said voters in Iowa are frustrated with the establishment in D.C. – both the Republicans and the Democrats.

In many ways, the conservatives are angrier with the Republicans that lie to them, you know, at least the Democrats are honest about being socialists. It’s the conservatives – the Republicans – that say one thing when they’re running for office, they do another thing when they govern.

“I think they are looking for someone that will fight for them, fight for their principles, fight to get the idea of America back,” Jindal explained, saying voters in the Hawkeye state want someone who can get something done, not just a talker but a doer.

“I’m the only candidate that’s reduced government spending,” Jindal touted, saying no other governors or senators running for president have done that.

“We’re building a movement in Iowa. Our strategy is we’re going to win Iowa. The first votes are cast here the first week in February. I know there are some in D.C. and New York, in the party and the establishment donors, the national media, that would like to clear the field, would like to ignore the early states. I think that’s a mistake.”

“The voters get to pick our candidates,” he added, saying “you go hunting where the ducks are,” referencing why he’s spending the most time with Iowa voters.

Jindal’s spokesperson Shannon Dirmann echoed that the poll results reflect the enthusiasm Jindal draws from voters in Iowa.

When he does town halls in Iowa, he is the last person to leave. He stays and takes every question and talks to every last voter. The people in Iowa tell him they are really upset about the direction of our country, and they are completely fed up with the excuses they hear from Washington, particularly excuses from Republican leaders in Washington. They are done with the “we can’t” mantra and are ready for someone with a proven record of getting things done.

Previously unranked, Jindal also took the top ten spot in the Fox News Index on Monday.


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