Jindal to visit New Hampshire, stoking 2016 speculation

Jindal to visit New Hampshire, stoking 2016 speculation
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:31pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:36pm

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline a GOP fundraiser next month in New Hampshire, a move that will fuel speculation he is seriously eyeing a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Jindal will raise money for the campaign arm of state Senate Republicans at an event in Manchester with ticket prices running from $100 to $5,000, CNN has learned.

"The state Senate Republicans for the first time are the backstop for all the spending and taxes in New Hampshire," Michael Dennehy, a GOP consultant organizing the event, told CNN. "To kick off their campaign efforts for 2014, the senators wanted one of the nation's top Republicans to lead the charge for them."

Jindal's visit to New Hampshire will come several days before Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is also looking at a run for the GOP nomination, appears in the state for a Republican Party fundraiser.

Dennehy acknowledged that Jindal's visit is important as potential candidates are already making early moves as they consider White House bids.

"Unofficially, New Hampshire also welcomes a governor who Republicans across the country are looking to as a possible candidate for the GOP nomination in 2016," he said. "It continues to show the power of New Hampshire to attract a popular governor to the first in the nation primary state."

Jindal made headlines earlier this year at a Republican National Committee meeting in Charlotte when he delivered a blistering critique accusing some people in the GOP of using insulting language that is turning off voters.

The RNC is meeting this week in California where a major discussion point is how better to reach out to minority and younger voters and use effective language in doing so. 

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