Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke at an Iowa dinner hosted by the conservative group the American Renewal Project about the dangers of Republicans appearing to merely be fiscally conservatives — or as he called them, “cheaper Democrats” — The Des Moines Register reports.
The aspiring GOP presidential candidate said that Republicans would not be able to win the White House in 2016 if they did not take a strong stand on the issues important to social conservatives.
“The GOP is not only the party that fights for smaller government, lower taxes, school choice and energy independence, it’s the party that fights to protect innocent human life and traditional marriage,” he said.
Recent polling in Iowa indicated that 46 percent of potential voters in the Republican primary consider themselves to be evangelical Christians.
“The reality is I’m here today,” Jindal told the exclusive audience, “because I genuinely, sincerely, passionately believe that America’s in desperate need of a spiritual revival.”
“I love to quote Winston Churchill,” he said. “‘You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they’ve exhausted every alternative.’ That’s where we are as a country — we have tried everything and now it is time to turn back to God.”
He then recounted how he turned from his parents’ Hindu beliefs as a teen after realizing that “on the last page in the book of life, our God wins — our God beats death. Our God beats Satan for us.”
Conservative radio talk show host Jan Mickelson told The Register before the speech that Jindal had “to be able to speak the dialect. This is a crowd that can hear whether he speaks the right language, with the right connotation, with the right context.”
After the speech, Mickelson said he was impressed by the governor’s performance. “He’s not bilingual. That’s his native tongue. He will give [Mike] Huckabee a run in Iowa.”
Watch The Des Moines Register‘s interview with Bobby Jindal below.