Jindal attacks Trump, appeals to conservative base in CNN debate

Jindal attacks Trump, appeals to conservative base in CNN debate

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Appearing in the CNN Republican debate Wednesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal continued to attack top-ranked contender Donald Trump while also appealing to the conservative base.

"I've got the backbone. I've got the bandwidth. I've got the experience to get us through these tough times," Jindal said in his opening statement.

Still, Baton Rouge political analysts said the governor has very little chance of taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

"I thought he did well under the circumstances," said political analyst Jim Engster. "But let's face it. The circumstances aren't that great for the governor."

Folks from Baton Rouge gathered at the Camelot Club to watch the CNN debates. Jindal participated in the early debate alongside three of the other lowest rated candidates for President: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), former New York Gov. George Pataki, and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA).

The first few questions centered on Trump.

"Let's stop treating Donald Trump like a Republican," Jindal said, continuing a war of words against the GOP front runner that included a spar on Twitter late last week.

"If he were really a conservative and 30 points ahead, I would endorse him, but he's not a conservative," Jindal said.

Both those on stage and in Baton Rouge took issue with Jindal's jabs at the front runner.

"I don't think it helps when Republicans attack Republicans personally," Santorum said.

"I want to hear his solutions. I want to hear his plan. I don't want to hear him take off like a yapping Chihuahua after Donald Trump," said Kevin Gallagher, host of a radio show on TALK 107.3 in Baton Rouge.

Immigration was another hot button issue. Jindal continued his call for a border fence and insisted he does not support amnesty.

"Immigration without assimilation is invasion," Jindal said. "We need to insist people that come here come here legally, speak English, adopt our values, roll up our sleeves and get to work."

He also appealed to the conservative base on other issues, including gay marriage. He defended Kentucky Clerk of Court Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples after the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling back in June.

"Right now the biggest discrimination going on is against Christian business owners and individuals that believe in traditional forms of marriage," Jindal said.

After the debate, analysts agreed that Jindal has little chance of securing the nomination.

"To be taken seriously, you need to be on the main stage and for Bobby Jindal he desperately needs to be there. It just doesn't look like he's going to get there," said analyst Clay Young.

"He'll have to at best hope for a cabinet post from whoever the nominee is," Gallagher said.

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