Sep 27, 2014 4:58 PM
Cruz, Jindal trying to drive conservative turnout
The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Two stylistically different Republican presidential prospects were top billing at a conservative group banquet in Des Moines, both hoping to leave favorable impressions on likely caucus goers should they compete for the GOP presidential nomination in a year and a half.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a tea party conservative, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, more a product of the GOP establishment, were the scheduled headline speakers at the Iowa Faith and Freedom's annual fall banquet Saturday night.
The two potential rivals were fresh off the Values Voters Summit in Washington, where Cruz told the crowd: "I'm optimistic because I am convinced God isn't done with America yet."
Cruz has visited Iowa several times; Jindal, less often. Cruz has a more fiery speech style while Jindal's is folksy, emblematic of his Southern political upbringing.
But before they lay down 2016 markers, they will try to stoke turnout for Iowa's competitive midterm elections.
Chief among them, the race for retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin's seat, between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst, is competitive and seen as among the handful that could determine Senate control.