When the candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination gather Wednesday in suburban Los Angeles to debate on CNN, Gov. Bobby Jindal will get the chance to renew his sharp-tongued assault on the campaign’s frontrunner, billionaire developer and reality-TV celebrity Donald Trump.
But Jindal won’t fire his shots at Trump directly: Because he polls near the back of the 16-candidate field, Jindal will be relegated to the second-tier debate among also-rans. Joining Jindal, who ranked 14th in CNN’s reckoning, for a repeat happy-hour debate are former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania (13th); former New York Gov. George Pataki (15th); and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina (16th).
The second-tier debate begins at 5 p.m. on CNN.