Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was warmly received at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Friday.
Jindal largely stuck to familiar talking points and catchphrases, working in lines about “hyphenated Americans,” his own “bandwidth” for the presidency, how Democrats want to “turn the American dream into the European nightmare,” and reiterating that “The United States did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States of America.”
The crowd ate it up. Jindal received bursts of applause throughout his speech and a standing ovation at the end.
The RedState Gathering is a convention for conservatives to hear from top Republicans. It was started seven years ago by Louisiana-native Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the conservative blog of the same name.
During the nationally-televised Fox News forum, Jindal said, if elected, he would go after Planned Parenthood, and he threatened to send the IRS and the Department of Justice to raid the women’s health provider that has been caught up in a wave of covertly-filmed videos from anti-abortion advocates. He said he wanted to “clarify” those remarks in Atlanta.
“I will send every federal agency I can think of to go after Planned Parenthood,” Jindal said. “There is no reason that one dime of our taxpayer dollars needs to go to this organization.”