A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
Respondents were also asked about their second choice for president, and 20.7 percent listed Walker as either their first or second choice, while 19.2 percent listed Rubio and 18.8 percent listed Bush.
Many Republicans don't appear wedded to any candidate just yet, with 22.8 percent telling pollsters they are undecided. The rest of the candidates aren't much more behind the top three. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses, comes in fourth place with 8.6 percent support. Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, and neurosurgeon Ben carson, all received just over six percent support, while the rest of the large slate of candidates—Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina—received five percent or less. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham received zero percent support.
While there appears to be an openness to most of the Republican candidates, a significant percentage of poll respondents said they would "absolutely not" vote for Donald Trump (22.2 percent), Jeb Bush (20.4 percent), and Chris Christie (16.7 percent) in the caucuses next January. No other candidates, the press release said, received more than seven percent on this question.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal talked about religious liberty on NBC's Meet the Press this morning:
"Well let me ask you this," Todd said. "Do you agree with some other folks and conservatives that you think Governor Pence and Governor Hutchinson in Arkansas and Indiana have essentially caved too much pressure?"
Several of the likely Republican candidates for president have spoken out in defense of Indiana governor Mike Pence and his decision to sign the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. CNN reports that several White House hopefuls, including Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Santorum have voiced support for the law, which provides a test for courts on cases where individual religious expression is at odds with state or local laws and ordinances.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal released a statement Tuesday blasting President Obama as an "inept commander in chief. Jindal, who may run for the GOP nomination for president, criticized Obama's willingness to dismiss the Iranian supreme leader's "death to America" exhortations as "political rhetoric" while publicly criticizing the campaign rhetoric of Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal responded to a report that the Obama administration may consider changing the United States's longstanding position of defending Israel within the United Nations against criticism of that country's settlements.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is encouraging all candidates -- Democrats and Republicans -- to sign the letter organized by Senator Tom Cotton warning that any Iran deal not accepted by Congress can be revoked.
I support "the letter sent by Senator Tom Cotton and his colleagues to Iran warning them that Congress will have to approve any nuclear deal," Jindal's statement reads.
Monday, Louisiana's Republican governor Bobby Jindal defended the thrust, if not the word choice, of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's critique of President Barack Obama. Jindal, speaking outside the White House following a meeting between the nation's governors and the president, said while he disagreed with Giuliani's choice of words about whether the president "loves" the country, he nevertheless praised the "point" the New York Republican was making.
It’s still two years before the next president takes the oath of office, but the contest that will determine who raises his right hand that day started in earnest last month for Republicans, with a grassroots gathering in Iowa and a meeting of high-dollar donors in California.
Louisiana governor and potential presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said it was a "shame" that House Republican leaders had to put aside a bill banning abortions occuring after the 20th week of pregnancy. Speaking on Fox News Thursday night, the Republican said, "it shouldn't take a lot of political courage to stand up and say we are going to end late-term abortions in America."
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, will give a major foreign policy address next week in London. According to early excerpts of the address, Jindal will use the speech to bash Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and to go after radical Islam in wake of last week's Paris terrorist attacks.
Two potential Republican presidential candidates weighed in on the hack of Sony Pictures by the North Korean government.
"The recent Sony hack is not a cyber attack on Hollywood," said Bobby Jindal, the two-term governor of Louisiana, in a statement. "[I]t is an attack on America. It is an attack on freedom and represents a serious danger to U.S. national security. Are we really going to let terrorists and thugs, likely the North Korean dictator in this instance, determine what movies we watch?"