Jun 25, 2015 11:40 PM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
GOFFSTOWN – Bobby Jindal says the Affordable Care Act “needs to be repealed and replaced.”
And the Louisiana governor and newest Republican presidential candidate adds that “I’m the only candidate that has a detailed plan on how to do that.”
Jindal made his comments Thursday in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News minutes before he headlined the latest edition of Politics and Eggs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Jindal traveled to the first-in-the-nation primary state less than 24 hours after launching a campaign for the White House.
Asked if the Supreme Court’s Thursday morning ruling upholding Obamacare means the five year old health care law is here to stay, Jindal quickly responded “absolutely not. Look the Court has had their say, now it’s time for the people to have their say. The reality is this law needs to be repealed and replaced in large part because it’s failed to do what it was supposed to do. The President said it would control health care costs. It didn’t do that. I know the President is celebrating. He’d like to declare the debate is over.”
Jindal’s touting that he has a detailed plan to replace Obamacare is an example of how he hopes to move from a longshot to win the GOP nomination to a major contender. Jindal is running on his record the past seven years as Louisiana governor and on being the ideas candidate.
Asked if some of his rivals for the Republican nomination are concentrating too much on the horserace, on polls, and on fundraising, Jindal said “oh absolutely.”
“Look, I’m the only one with detailed plans on healthcare, on education, on energy, on defense. We got a lot of talkers in this race. But we also got a lot of talkers in the White House. I don’t think we can afford more on the job training. We need a doer,” he added.
Jindal’s brief stop in the Granite State was his first in two months. But now that he’s a candidate, Jindal vows that “we’re going to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire.”
And he said that New Hampshire’s emphasis on retail style politics can help him compete against candidates with bigger names and bigger bucks.
“I think I can do very well in this state. My sense is voters here want a smart candidate, they want a candidate with detailed policies and thoughtful answers. They want to kick the tires and that’s how I got elected in Louisiana,” he told NH1 News.
In his speech at Politics and Eggs, Jindal took a shot at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who sits slightly atop most national and New Hampshire polls in the race for the nomination.
“Jeb Bush has… said we’ve got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general election. I couldn’t disagree with that more,” he said, adding “I’ve got a novel idea. Why don’t we run an election where we actually embrace our ideas and our principles.”
Jindal, a former two-term congressman, made history in 2007 by being the first Indian-American elected governor in the U.S. He was overwhelming re-elected in 2011, but since then his popularity and poll numbers have faded in Louisiana.
He and Supriya, his wife of nearly 20 years, are the parents to three children. Even though a governor’s schedule is hectic, Jindal told NH1 News “I try to make every baseball game that I can, every soccer game or track meet, try to go to their school plays.”
Asked if he’s going to make running for the White House a family experience, Jindal said “certainly my kids will be up here in New Hampshire.”
But he added that “they’ve got school, they’ve got sports. They’ll have to do those things. This won’t be an excuse for them to miss classes or miss tests. Absolutely we’ll invite them to join us when they can, but we also want them to be kids.
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