‘Simply no point for me to go’: Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal skipping GOP convention, says he's not boycotting _lowres

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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.