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Jindal: GOP Moving Away From 'Conservative Principles'

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By    |   Monday, 11 Apr 2016 01:14 PM

The Republican Party is having an identity crisis, and may one day outlive its usefulness, warns former presidential primary candidate Bobby Jindal.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, the former Louisiana governor says the party is moving away from its "conservative principles."

"It's certainly fair to describe the Republican Party as the worst political party out there except for all the alternatives," Jindal, who heads his own policy think tank, America Next, tells the Examiner.

"I don't see at this point in time a viable alternative for conservatives to go out there and implement and present our principles, but I do think if the Republican Party continues to move away from our conservative principles, at some point it is fair to question, why does the party exist?"

And though he won't say who he'll endorse for the GOP presidential nominee, he says he's currently "not a fan of Donald Trump at all."

"I don't consider him to be a conservative," Jindal tells the newspaper. "My concern is that he's not opposed to big government; he just wants to be the one running big government."

He should be working to woo conservatives, Jindal said.

"One of the things he could do is be more specific about the kinds of people and the names of people he would appoint to key positions," Jindal tells the Examiner.

"For example, who would he consider putting on the Supreme Court? Who would he have as his defense secretary or secretary of state? That could go a long to helping, at least showing us that he'll be surrounded by principled, proven conservatives."

Still, Jindal warned the GOP had better not dismiss the rise of the real estate billionaire — and his popularity with some voters.

"One of the mistakes I think the party has made is it ignored its own members for far too long," Jindal said. "For a party to believe in a bottom-up approach to governance that doesn't believe in a top-down approach, it'd be nice for the party to practice what it preaches and actually listen to the voters out there."

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