Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has events scheduled outside Louisiana at some point during almost every week through the end of his term in office.
A political action committee backing Jindal’s presidential campaign released Tuesday a list of Jindal town halls that will take place in Iowa through the state’s Feb. 1 caucuses. The move is, at least in part, likely intended to telegraph to supporters that, despite low polling that will keep him off CNN’s main debate stage Wednesday night, Jindal isn’t ready to exit the race. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry last week became the first of the GOP hopefuls to ditch his campaign amid financial struggles.
Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during a meet and greet with local residents, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Denison, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Believe Again super PAC has hosted 18 town halls featuring Jindal in 13 towns across Iowa in recent months to boost his run. It has often announced the events a couple of weeks at a time — nothing like the mass release from Tuesday.
The latest list includes 33 town halls from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.
Jindal is traveling to Israel Oct. 28 through Nov. 6. The list reflects that gap, but he’ll be back in Iowa as soon as he gets back, with an event scheduled Nov. 7, per Believe Again’s Tuesday release. He also unsurprisingly takes a slightly longer break from Iowa around Christmas. Jindal ends his eight-year run as Louisiana governor in January.
The Believe Again town halls are in addition to campaign stops — formal and informal — that he’ll schedule through his official team.
Because Believe Again is a super PAC it can’t coordinate its efforts with the campaign, which means the announcement also could serve as a signal to the campaign side that fundraising is healthy at the PAC.
Jindal, who has made Iowa key to his campaign, has recently ramped up an attack on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and is looking to that to boost his chances.
On Tuesday, CNN, the sponsor of this week’s debate and the lower-tier debate Jindal will participate in, published a lengthy opinion piece from Jindal slamming Trump.
“President Trump today announced that the first season of ‘The Apprentice: White House Edition’ will air on CBS this fall. Contestants, including Gary Busey, Ted Cruz and Kanye West, will vie for Cabinet positions. The announcement came as the newly renamed ‘Hair Force One’ touched down in South Dakota for the unveiling of President Trump’s face on Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, first lady Melania had reason to celebrate as her White House-branded perfume, Trump, by Trump, hit Macy’s shelves …,” the Jindal piece begins, echoing recent barbs he’s taken at Trump’s candidacy. Read the full piece here.
Here are the dates and locations of Believe Again’s newly-announced town halls in Iowa:
|Date||Day of Week||Area|
|October 1||Thursday||Cedar Rapids|
|October 6||Tuesday||Council Bluffs|
|October 8||Thursday||Sioux City|
|October 11||Sunday||Mason City|
|October 22||Thursday||Des Moines|
|November 7||Saturday||Des Moines|
|November 18||Wednesday||Ft. Dodge|
|November 19||Thursday||Sioux City|
|November 21||Saturday||Council Bluffs|
|November 22||Tuesday||West Des Moines|
|December 5||Saturday||Cedar Rapids|
|December 7||Monday||Sioux City|
|December 17||Thursday||Des Moines|
|January 4||Monday||Mason City|
|January 6||Wednesday||Woodbury County|
|January 7||Thursday||Sioux County|
|January 9||Saturday||Spirit Lake|
|January 14||Thursday||Council Bluffs|
|January 18||Monday||Des Moines|
|January 19||Tuesday||Cedar Rapids|
|January 27||Wednesday||West Des Moines|
|January 28||Thursday||Council Bluffs|
|January 30||Saturday||Sioux City|