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Economic Growth Summit: Bobby Jindal


LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a long-shot potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate. But he's close with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has recruited many former Jindal staffers to work for him in Tallahassee.

Jindal has been the only candidate so far to read from notes during his speech.

CATTLE-CALL MEDITATION: Jindal praised Scott's economic focus. At most events drawing the broad 2016 Republican field, candidates say they are against abortion and against the Islamic State, Jindal said. "You might also learn that they are for Ronald Reagan, and they are for America. ... We can almost give each other's speeches."

 SELF-DIAGNOSIS: "When I was born, I would be what you would now call a pre-existing condition," JIndal said, because his Indian immigrant parents didn't have pregnancy coverage. Instead, the elder Jindal offered to mail the doctor a monthly check to cover the bill, Jindal said.

APPLAUSE LINE: We need to stop with hyphenated Americans," Jindal said, mentioning his parents. "If they wanted to raise their children as Indians, they would have stayed in India."

FEDERAL DIAGNOSIS: The federal government is sick, Jindal said, diseased by too much spending. "What we have now is the equivalent of a lung cancer patient smoking two packs a day."

COMMON CORE: The educational standards had only made an appearance once before Tuesday, when Rick Perry made a passing mention of them. Jindal goes after people -- read: Jeb Bush -- who say Common Core critics are just against higher standards. Jindal is a former Common Core supporter.