Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM
First on NH1: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal back to Granite State next week
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Bobby Jindal's coming back to New Hampshire for the second time this month.
NH1's learned that the Republican governor of Louisiana will speak next Thursday evening at a "Pastors and Pew's" event in Nashua.
Jindal won't be the only potential White House hopeful addressing the audience. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 GOP White House contender who's considering another bid in 2016, will speak at the gathering the next day.
This will be Jindal's second visit this month to the first-in-the-nation primary state. The two-term Louisiana governor made stops at the Strafford County GOP's annual picnic in Dover, the Seacoast Republican Women's annual chili fest in Stratham, and the Hillsborough County Republican Committee's "primary gala" in Nashua during a two day swing earlier this month.
A CNN/ORC poll released Monday (link here to CNN wire: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/16/politics/jindal-breakfast/index.html ) indicated that only 3% of New Hampshire Republican primary voters back him as their party's presidential nominee. Jindal placed last among a field of 11 potential GOP presidential candidates.
But Jindal's not letting such early polls get him down.
"I think at this point polls are measuring name ID," Jindal told reporters Tuesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.
"If I were to decide to run for 2016, it would have nothing to do with polls or fundraising numbers," said Jindal.
He added that it would be based on the same calculation he made when he ran for Congress or governor. "Do I think I could make a difference? Do I have something unique to offer in terms of my specific ideas or my experiences? Is this something that I'm supposed to be doing?"
Jindal was very open about his potential presidential candidacy.
"There's no reason to be coy," he said, adding that "I am thinking, I am praying about whether I'll run in 2016."
Jindal said he won't make a decision until after November's midterm elections. The 43-year old governor's been making the rounds on the campaign trail in his role as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association.