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Louisiana’s Jindal gives nod to Rick Perry
“[Perry's] record on job creation simply cannot be beat, and the one million jobs he’s helped create as governor is a stark contrast to the 2.4 million jobs lost on President Obama’s watch,” Jindal said. “President Obama promised hope, but he simply hasn’t delivered. Rick Perry will bring our country more than hope — he’ll get America working again.”
The endorsement from Jindal, who remains influential within the GOP with close ties to Christian conservatives, comes days after former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty provided his backing to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. While some have speculated that Pawlenty may have been prompted by a need to pay off campaign debt and that Jindal may be hoping for a running mate slot, Jindal told the Indian Express that he has no interest in the vice presidency.
“I’ve got the best job in the world,” Jindal said. “I get to be governor of the great state of Louisiana [and] I’m running for reelection.”
The Associated Press reported that despite a well-funded rival in his reelection bid, Jindal is scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania for additional fundraising — and he has socked away nearly $9 million in his war chest.
Shortly after announcing his endorsement, Jindal appeared on John King USA on CNN to add that the nod approval wasn’t just because the two governors had worked so well together in the aftermath of hurricanes, but because he believes in Perry’s “ability to lead and be honest.”
“I truly appreciate Gov. Jindal’s endorsement because he is a leader who knows what it takes to rebuild an economy and restore people’s confidence,” said Gov. Perry. “His efforts to cut taxes and reduce unreasonable regulations are helping the Louisiana economy grow, and that is exactly what I aim to do for America. I look forward to continuing to work with him throughout this campaign, and with his help, we’ll get America working again.”