2016 Scouting Report: Bobby Jindal

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Strengths:

Has brought reform and good governance to a state notoriously tarnished by corruption for decades…Louisiana has its highest bond rating since 1984, the second-lowest unemployment in the South behind Texas, and he’s cut the state’s budget by 26%…has also been willing to seek big reforms like ending the state income tax (which he eventually dropped for lack of support) and school choice, winning a legal battle with the Obama Justice Department on that issue

Weaknesses:

Needs to make people forget his lackluster response to President Obama’s State of the Union back in 2009, because that’s still the biggest reservation people have about him as a potential national standard bearer…while his resume and intelligence are presidential material, does he have the charisma it takes to capture the imagination of voters in a field full of alpha males…

Analysis:

Jindal wants to make the case that among the current and former GOP governors seeking the nomination he’s the one best positioned to unite fiscal and social conservatives. His resume indicates he at least belongs in that conversation, but his lack of popularity at home needs to be fully vetted.

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