Currently in his 6th year serving as Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal is a Rhodes Scholar, having completed a graduate degree in Health Policy at Oxford. After graduation, he was appointed as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services in 1996 at age 26. Two years later he was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation. He left his post to run for Governor of Louisiana in 2013, a race he lost but recovered to successfully win his bid to represent Louisiana’s 1st district in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 2004-2008. In 2008, Jindal launched a second, and successful, campaign for Governor of Louisiana. Governor Jindal launched his 2016 campaign for President in July 2015 with a video posted to Twitter.
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- Curt Anderson: Chief Strategist. Anderson is a longtime advisor for Jindal and a prominent Republican strategist. He is a partner at the firm OnMessage Inc., the firm which a played important roles in the successful campaigns of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK.), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
- Timmy Teepell: Campaign Manager. Jindal’s former Chief of Staff and longtime Campaign Manager, and also a partner at OnMessage Inc..
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“This is not a cause any of us can resist. It is our destiny, it is our mission. As America goes, so goes the world. We are the light of freedom in a dark world, and it’s time we start acting like it. I will not be intimidated from talking about the fact that radical Islam is evil and must be destroyed.” (September 2015, bobbyjindal.com)
“[Foreign policy challenges] are growing because the Obama Administration has repudiated all the operating principles of an effective global strategy, by ‘leading from behind,’ by abandoning our long-time allies, by failing to effectively use the tools of ‘soft power,’ and by cutting the size and capabilities of our armed forces.” (October 2014, TIME)
“My views are that America can not be the world’s policeman. We’re not attempting and we should not attempt to be a dictator to the rest of the world. But neither can we be viewing multilateralism as a goal instead of a tactic. I think this administration too often defers to foreign capitals when it comes to defining our foreign policy — America must be willing to lead from the front, and that may mean at times leading coalitions of the willing, that may mean at times working with different allies and partners who share our vales share our interests according to the situation.” (December 2014, Foreign Policy Initiative forum)
"This president keeps telling folks what we won't do and he continues to send a few hundred troops at a time into the region. That's what's not going to work. This continuous incremental approach is not what it takes to defeat ISIS. We need to defeat them once and for all. And actually a more aggressive stance will encourage our allies to provide the manpower and the resources as well." (September 2015, National Press Club)
Regarding Obama’s strategy against ISIL: “You’ve got officials at the State Department saying, ‘We’re not going to kill our way out of this war,’ well how else do we win wars if not by killing our way to victory?” (March 2015, the Guardian)
“Let’s be clear; evil and radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like Pres. Obama & Hillary Clinton exacerbate it.” (May 2015, Twitter)
“The next President must have the discipline and strength to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth.” (May 2015, Twitter)
“We want our military leaders to do whatever it takes, not to degrade, contain or expel, but to hunt down and kill these radical Islamic terrorists.” (June 2015, NY Times)
“We need to identify the enemy, we need to do everything we can to hunt them down to kill them. We need to take the political handcuffs off of our military advisors. Let’s provide arms to the Kurds, let’s show our allies in the region we are serious about defeating this enemy.” (July 2015, Washington Post)
In an executive order issued after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Jindal wrote, "All departments, budget units, agencies, offices, entities, and officers of the executive branch of the State of Louisiana are authorized and directed to utilize all lawful means to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the State of Louisiana while this Order is in effect." (November 2015, Louisiana Executive Order)
"Let us draw a line between this refugee crisis and this president’s failed foreign policy. He drew a red line in Syria and did not enforce it and now we’re seeing millions of refugees potentially hundreds of thousands going into Europe and the answer is not to put a Band-Aid on this and allow more people to come into America. We should not short circuit. We’ve got a vetting process, we’ve got a normal refugee process. Simply allowing more people into the country doesn’t solve our problem. The way to solve this problem is for us to be clear with our friends and allies that we are going to replace Assad, we’re going to hunt down and destroy ISIS." http://www.aaiusa.org/bush_2016
"We need to be encouraging our allies by being more resolute in the removal of Assad." (September 2015, National Press Club)
"Let’s call this Syrian disaster exactly what it is – the result of President Obama’s leading from behind strategy – he drew the red line and then backed down. And no, the answer is not for America to increase the number of refugees we take in. We are already the most compassionate and generous country in the world and it is not even close. No other country provides anywhere near the amount of assistance for hurting people around the world as we do. But the idea that we can fix all these problems by just accepting the world’s refugees is ridiculous. We simply have to get a new commander in chief, fast.” (September 2015, campaign statement)
“As I watch the horrific images of missiles flying into Israel, I am reminded of the instructions in Psalm 122 — ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls.’”(July 2014, Washington Times)
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“This will not be binding on the next commander-in-chief.” (July 2015, Hugh Hewitt)
“This is a bad deal. He’s declared war on trans fat and a cease fire with the world’s largest sponsor of state terrorism. Look a good deal would say anytime, anywhere inspections, would say no centrifuges, no enriched Uranium, would say that you have to cut ties with Hamas, Hezbollah, and terrorist groups, they have to recognize Israel’s right to exist, they have to free those American prisoners, and no Plutonium pathway. We will only gradually lift sanctions, not immediately. Syria loves the deal and Israel hates it, and that’s all you need to know. When our friends hate it and our enemies love it.” (August 2015, Voters First Forum)
”Reports that a nuclear agreement with Iran have stalled are a positive sign that common sense and security are prevailing. An agreement that reportedly allows Iran to continue manufacturing centrifuges and enriching uranium, and asks for relatively nothing in return, is a bad deal for America and Israel.” (November 2013, Politico)
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“Sure, I don’t think a 14-year-old should ever be arrested for bringing a clock to school, so are you asking me am I glad he was released? I am glad the police were careful. I am glad the police were worried about safety and security issues. Look in America, we don’t tolerate. Right now, the biggest discrimination that’s going on is against Christian business owners and individuals who believe in traditional forms of marriage. They’re throwing this woman in jail in Kentucky. Let’s talk about that.” (September 2015, 2nd Republican debate)
"I've had enough of the division in our country. I think we've been too divided by ethnicity, race, and the color of our skin. And I think dividing and treating people differently because of the color on their skin is the dumbest way to treat people. It should not be accepted." (September 2015, National Press Club)
“I think we need the tools to hunt down terrorists and protect ourselves from them, but where I think we need to draw the line is the mass collection of data of innocent Americans.” (May 2015, The Hill)
“We can't give powers to government that weren't intended in the Patriot Act.” (May 2015, Aspen Institute panel)
Speaking about the Black Lives Matter movement, Jindal said "I think all lives matter. And I think it's amazing that a Democratic candidate for president had to apologize for saying that... now certain when bad things happen, and we've seen a few of these instances, it needs to be investigated and prosecuted. That's somebody's child and I don't care what color they are. If they've been mistreated that doesn't need to be tolerated - it shouldn't be tolerated in our society." (September 2015, National Press Club)
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When asked his opinion about Ben Carson's statement that he would not support a Muslim being president, Jindal said, “If you can find me a Muslim candidate who is a Republican, who will fight hard to protect religious liberty, who will respect the Judeo-Christian heritage of America, who will be committed to destroying ISIS and radical Islam, who will condemn cultures that treat women as second-class citizens and who will place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution, then yes, I will be happy to consider voting for him or her." (September 2015, campaign statement)
"One of the things we need to do is stop dividing ourselves. Enough with the hyphenated Americans, we're all Americans it shouldn't matter what color our skin is." (September 2015, National Press Club)
"Immigration without assimilation is invasion." (August 2015, NBC News interview)
“Well, to start with, unlike President Obama, I'll actually name the enemy that we confront. We've got a president who cannot bring himself to say the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism’. Now, Bill, he loves to criticize America, apologize for us, criticize medieval Christians. How can we beat an enemy if our commander-in-chief doesn't have the We've got a president who instead says, we're going to change hearts and minds. Well, you know what? Sometimes you win a war by killing murderous, evil terrorists. We're going to take the political handcuffs off the military. We will arm and train the Kurds. We will work with our Sunni allies. They know we will be committed to victory.” (August 2015, Washington Post)
In response to the shooting of four marines in Chattanooga, TN: “While it’s too early to know for sure what happened, it certainly looks like an act of terrorism. We must pursue justice on their behalf and stop at nothing to hunt down and kill these evildoers abroad before more of them come here to kill our people. This shooting underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by Radical Islamic terrorism every single day. It’s time for the White House to wake up and tell the truth…and the truth is that Radical Islam is at war with us.”(July 2015, Capitol News Bureau)
“If people don’t want to come here to integrate and assimilate, what they’re really trying to do is set up their own culture, their own communities. What they’re really trying to do is overturn our culture. We need to recognize that threat. If we don’t, we’re gonna see a replica of what’s happening in Europe in America. We’re gonna see our own no-go zones if we’re not serious about insisting on assimilation and integration.”(January 2015, MSNBC)
“Radical islamists hate our values, threaten our way of life, they don’t appreciate, they don’t condone, they don’t allow freedom of expression or self-determination. Anyone who thinks you should be killed for drawing a cartoon obviously is a terrorist, is somebody that we need to hunt down, that we need to get rid of in our societies” (January 2015, CNN)
“Sharia law is completely incompatible with western notions of self-determination, of equality, of human dignity. It’s not just another way of looking at the world, it’s completely incompatible, and we need to recognize radical Islam for the real threat that it is.”(January 2015, CNN)
“In the West, non-assimilationist Muslims establish enclaves and carry out as much of Sharia law as they can without regard for the laws of the democratic countries which provided them a new home” (January 2015, CNN)
“How does [anti-semitism] rise again in democratic countries? I believe it is because radical Islamists have been given too much berth to establish their own nation within a nation.” (January 2015, CNN)
"We need to end birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants." (August 2015, @BobbyJindal)
"I don't know about you, I'm tired of the hyphenated Americans. No more 'African-Americans.' No more 'Indian-Americans.' No more 'Asian-Americans,' "(April 2015, The Hill)
“One of the dumbest things we do right now is the number of people with advanced degrees we kick out to go and compete for other countries.”(June 2015, NY Times)
“One principle, for example, we've got to embrace is on immigration. We must insist on assimilation -- immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work. I'm tired of the hyphenated Americans and the division” (August 2015, Washington Post)
"I am for securing the border and I am against any discussion beyond that because I think it’s a mistake. I am against amnesty. I am against what President Obama has tried to do, unconstitutionally. I am against what Jeb (Bush) has supported as well, but folks can ask me this as many times as they want, there is a principled reason why I think we have got to secure the border first. I worry if we take the approach we did in the 80s under (Ronald) Reagan. They tried for this comprehensive approach and they got amnesty but we didn’t get the border secure. If we start having that discussion again, that’s exactly what will happen again…secure the border first and then I think folks will deal with the people who are here compassionately and fairly."(August 2015, Boston Herald)