Gov. Bobby Jindal will participate Wednesday in the third nationally televised debate among candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, his campaign confirmed this week.
As in the first two debates, in August and September, Jindal will not share the prime-time stage with the front-running candidates, as determined by national polls. Instead, he will appear with other also-runs in an earlier debate, scheduled for 5 p.m. CT on CNBC.
Jindal had argued that he should make the cut for the main event based on his relatively stronger polling in Iowa, site of the Feb. 1 caucuses that initiate the Republican nomination process. He had suggested that he might skip the debate altogether if he weren’t included in the top-billed event.