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Bobby Jindal: Obama 'Loves America,' But Is 'Disqualified' From WH

By    |   Monday, 23 February 2015 08:53 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal countered former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's claim that President Barack Obama doesn't love America, saying the exact opposite on Monday.

"I think the mayor should have used different words to express what he wanted to say," Jindal said during a press conference after a National Governors Association meeting at the White House concluded. "I didn't want to throw him under the bus. I know the media loves to see Republicans attacking other Republicans. The president loves America. He loves our country. There is no doubt about that."

The Hill posted a video of the press conference onto YouTube:

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Jindal added, however, that Giuliani's words made a larger point that calls into question Obama's ability to handle the ongoing threat to the United States and its allies posed by the Islamic State (ISIS) and other facets of radical Islam.

"I think the substance, I think the point that the mayor was trying to make is an important one," Jindal said. "There are many of us that are very concerned about the president's unwillingness to call out radical Islamic terrorism and the threat that we face as a country.

"I wrote an op-ed today, saying I think that the president has really disqualified himself to be our commander-in-chief because he will not, not only identify this threat, but take the steps that are necessary to defeat this threat."

Jindal's op-ed appeared on FoxNews.com, and in it he bluntly writes, "President Obama has shown the country that he is incapable of being commander-in-chief of the United States of America."

Jindal highlights Obama's refusal to say the U.S. is battling Islam in the war on terror. The president insists the war is not about religion.

"They are not religious leaders, they're terrorists," Obama said last week. Those comments sparked a firestorm of criticism, including Giuliani's claims.

Jindal writes that Obama is playing to the "politically correct crowd."

"Mr. President, the American people are not as dimwitted as you seem to believe we are. We know that most Muslims have no interest in terrorism. It's an obvious point, but for President Obama and the politically correct crowd, we do need to say it," the governor writes.

"The American people are not looking to blame peace-loving Muslims for anything, but we also demand a leader who will be honest with us about the threat we are facing from radical Islamic terrorists.

"We demand a leader who is going to spend less time criticizing America and more time hunting terrorists down and killing them."

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said last week the long-term strategy for defeating ISIS could lie in the creation of jobs, not military force.

"We're killing a lot of them, and we're going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians — they're in this fight with us," Harf said on "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

"But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it's a lack of opportunity for jobs...."

After Matthews cut her off, Harf added, "We can help [Middle East countries] build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."

Jindal is among a group of several Republicans reported to be mulling a run at the White House next year.

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