Gov. Bobby Jindal, often on the road visiting presidential primary states, just spent 10 days in Europe on an "economic development mission," but in Jindal's schedule there's always room for a little (or a lot of) politicking.
Daniel Halper, online editor of The Weekly Standard, reported some of Jindal's prepared remarks to a conservative London think tank. Halper wrote of the speech, "Jindal will use the speech to bash Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and to go after radical Islam in wake of last week's Paris terrorist attacks. ... Jindal is planning to say, 'Our former Secretary of State in America recently said that we need to "show respect for our enemies" and "empathize with their perspective and point of view." Well, yes, understanding our enemies as a means of destroying them, I'm all for that. But empathizing with them as if perhaps we can find some common ground, I have no interest in that kind of mindless naivete.'"
In a CNN | ORC poll conducted last month, Jindal was the choice of 4 percent of Republican respondents and independent respondents who lean toward the GOP. Clinton was the choice of 66 percent of Democratic respondents and independents who lean Democratic.
POLITICO also published remarks Jindal planned to make about his parents' decision to immigrate from India to the United States 45 years ago. "I am explicitly saying that it is completely reasonable for nations to discriminate," POLITICO reported him as saying, "between allowing people into their country who want to embrace their culture, or allowing people into their country who want to destroy their culture, or establish a separate culture within."
Nowhere in there, it seemed, did Jindal discuss what was on the minds of constituents back home (see Politics).