Despite Gov. Bobby Jindal's objections, he once again has been limited to the GOP presidential debate "undercard" — this one set for Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. New Orleans time on CNBC.
Jindal had taken issue with CNBC's benchmarks for the main debate and the undercard, which called for candidates to have an average of 2.5 percent support or higher in several national polls taken between mid-September and mid-October. The undercard is for candidates who have at least 1 percent support, but don't make the higher benchmark.
Jindal's argument — that CNBC should weigh polling numbers from Iowa and New Hampshire — went nowhere with the network, and last week the campaign had intimated Jindal might skip the debates entirely if he was not offered a slot in the main debate.
The governor has averaged 1 percent or less in most national polls, but a RealClearPolitics poll conducted in late September showed him in eighth place in Iowa with 4 percent support in that state, at least, ahead of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — all of whom will be on the main stage at the CNBC debate.
If he accepts, Jindal will share the stage at the second tier debate with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. The debates will air live from Boulder, Colorado.