Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for Republican presidential candidates taking aim at Rick Perry’s positions on Social Security: lay off.
Jindal endorsed the Texas governor’s presidential bid on Monday ahead of the CNN/Tea Party Debate in Florida.
He jumped head first into his new role as campaign surrogate in the post-debate spin room and defended Perry after he came under attack from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who claimed in the debate that Perry is scaring seniors with his blunt talk about re-structuring Social Security.
“I don’t think any Republican candidate should be engaged in the same kind of demagoguery, the same kind of negative political attacks we would expect to see from the Democratic Party,” Jindal said when asked about Romney’s Social Security offensive.
Romney accused Perry of frightening senior citizens by calling Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and said the Texan once characterized the entitlement program as unconstitutional.
Jindal did not mention Romney by name, promising to “honor President Reagan's commandment about not criticizing fellow Republicans.”
But it was clear that Jindal was directing his comments at Romney.
“Every time folks like Paul Ryan or Rick Perry are brave enough to talk about entitlement reform, we see the ‘Mediscare’ attacks, we see attacks, that this an intergenerational attack or class warfare, we see those same type of attacks over and over,” Jindal said. “I don’t think Republicans should be doing that.”