Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's happy with such a large field of Republican presidential candidates because it means the voters can vote for who they like rather than against who they don't.
"Even with Donald Trump running, nobody is going to buy this nomination. It's going to be an earned nomination," Jindal said Monday on Newsmax TV's
Jindal told host J.D. Hayworth he is biased toward governors, such as himself, in the GOP field because they have executive experience running a state.
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"I know my fellow governors pretty well," he said. "We've worked well with each other. We've competed against each other. Obviously, I'm the best qualified to be the nominee – otherwise I wouldn't run."
People have told him they don't want to send just any Republican to the White House, and he has responded that "if you send somebody there that's going to manage the slow decline of this great country, I'm not your guy."
Jindal said that many Republicans in Washington were actually happy that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage earlier this summer because they see such issues, including the budget and term limits, as distractions.
The Republican Party cannot become the party of big government, Jindal said, but also shouldn't be the party of big business.
"There's a danger and there's a temptation," he said. "Those special interests have got their hooks, and they're not just the Democrats but also some of these Republicans."
Jindal had plenty of criticism for the left as well, saying its members don't believe Americans are smart enough to choose their children's schools, buy their own health insurance or be able to own guns.
"You know, the arrogance of the left, Hillary Clinton and President Obama, is they really do think they know better than us," he said. Clinton's main Democratic challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders is at least honest enough to call it socialism, he said. "They're socialists, they just won't call it socialism."
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