First on CNN: Jindal to headline South Carolina GOP convention
April 8th, 2014
05:00 AM ET
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First on CNN: Jindal to headline South Carolina GOP convention

Washington (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House.

Jindal will address the banquet, the finale of the state GOP’s annual convention in Columbia, on June 6.

He visited the state last summer to kick off Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election bid alongside Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but Jindal’s Silver Elephant speech will mark his first solo appearance before a crowd of the state party’s most dedicated activists and donors.

Jindal is the just latest in a long line of potential 2016 candidates to address the dinner. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the headliner in 2013, preceded by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in 2012 and Rick Santorum in 2011. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whose name has also bubbled up in recent conversations about the next presidential race, appeared at the event six years ago as a congressman.

“We are proud to welcome Governor Bobby Jindal to South Carolina,” South Carolina GOP chairman Matt Moore said in an email to CNN. “Our Republican governors are leading the way with solutions to America’s toughest challenges. Few governors can articulate those solutions like Gov. Jindal.”

Jindal has jump-started his political activity in recent months with a flurry of education policy op-eds, a national health care plan and appearances in the leadoff caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

In March, Jindal convened a private lunch with more than a dozen influential Republican power players in New Hampshire, including former Gov. John Sununu, former Gov. Steve Merrill, attorney Tom Rath and former Mitt Romney fundraiser Beverly Bruce.

On Monday, the Iowa Republican Party announced that Jindal will appear at that party’s convention in June.

He's also vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, a platform that keeps him connected to top party fundraisers around the country.


Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Republican Party • South Carolina
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Oh goodie, some of that silver is so tarnished nobody, even in mr. Mardi Gras, can't clean it.
    LOL – “Our Republican governors are leading the way with solutions to America’s toughest challenges. Few governors can articulate those solutions like Gov. Jindal.”
    Yeah, right, still the stupid party.

    April 8, 2014 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  2. Marie MD

    That should read "can clean it".

    April 8, 2014 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The Washington Post has an article on Bobby's health care plan after he repeals ACA. The highlights are: block grants,buy over state lines, health savings account, change Medicare to a premium support where seniors get money from the government to shop for insurance from private companies.

    That should eliminate insurance for those with pre existing conditions and seniors, remove the safety net, and take us back to allowing insurance company abuse.

    April 8, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I'm watching these types of events closely to see who is gaining ground in the Republican civil war: the moderates or the extremists. For the past few years, since 2008 for some curious reason, the extremists have been grabbing chunks and holding onto them.

    April 8, 2014 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    These guys are bunch of radicals, just ignore.

    April 8, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No.
    I'm not even mildly curious or entertained by ANY of Jindal and his cabal's doings.
    It just isn't possible for me to care any less.
    He's not going anywhere, and neither are any of those "fabulous" governors (like who?) that he's referencing.
    The fact that CNN is wasting "ink" on this re-tread going nowhere fast is further proof of the Republican implosion.

    April 8, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Peace

    @ Rudy NYC
    Don't confuse yourself. No one is gaining ground in GOP. Each and everything is in a total mess at the moment. The only hope they had was Jeb Bush. He has now shot himself on his own foot by claiming that phrase: "Act of Love" by illegal immigrants. Very few Conservatives can stomach what he said. They would rather die than taking his words. On Piyush Jindal, it can't happen as a miracle to put his name forward as their candidate. Never ever!

    April 8, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. yolanda

    Unlike you, eh, @ Gurgyl. If only they displayed your open mindedness.......

    April 8, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Articulate what solutions? Aside from his appeal to stop being the party of stupid, Jindall has nothing to offer this country, either from the basis of his record in Congress or in the statehouse. LA is not leading in any of the categories that matter, so how can anyone say he is leading the country in offering solutions on any topic? Is there a Jindall Doctrine of some kind, on any subject, that does not involve subsidizing the wealthy at our expense? Can anyone point to anything this man has done?

    April 8, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Yolanda, how about including some of your friends like Ricky McDaniel, Tommy G, Just Saying and others in your appeal to open-mindedness, or do you regard them and their blinkered vision as sacrosanct?

    April 8, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There is no ground to be gained.
    This Party has scattered itself into the four winds; nothing but desert in between fighting factions.
    Nobody wants to pound sand but they just can't seem to get off their self-serving merry-go-round.
    I've never seen a Party so lost, and so uniformly and willfully obtuse as to what's wrong with them.
    Never.
    Jeezus please us...

    April 8, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. lisa m.

    Strange beyond strange that the GOP is showcasing brown Piyush Jindal with brown Nikki Haley...about only two brown people within the entire party. Odd how two brown people pretend that there are many like them that feel comfortable and well-represented by the party of elderly bigoted white men & young uneducated white men.

    April 8, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    @yolanda, tell me what did they achieve? Did they pass any healthcare Law, did they pass immigration law? Did they find Bin Laden? Tax code? Term-limits? What did these guys do for this nation? Tell me.

    April 8, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |