Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is not afraid to tackle tough issues and would great as the Republican Party's presidential pick in 2016, says Roger Simon, co-founder of the conservative news and opinion website PJ Media.
"I love Bobby Jindal," Simon said Monday to Joe Concha, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"[He's the] first man to talk honestly about radical Islam from the point of view of a major American politician. If you didn’t get his speech he gave in London
the other day, check it out. It’s tough and good."
In that address, titled "Exposing the Truth about Radical Islam," Jindal said Islam "has a problem."
"If Islam does not support what is happening in the name of Islam, then they need to stand up and stop it," Jindal said. "Many Islamic leaders argue that these are the acts of a radical few,” he said. “Ok, it is their problem, and they need to deal with it."
But while Simon is a Jindal fan, he also believes Mitt Romney is serious about a third bid for the White House.
"It’s quite possible. I’m sure he thinks that. Whether he will go through and actually run, I’m not as sure, because the blow back [against him] was pretty strong," Simon said.
Simon said he had met Romney and his wife at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010 and "they’re really nice and warm people."
But Romney he said was vilified in the press during the 2012 campaign in which he lost to President Barack Obama.
"The mainstream media did it to him, they didn’t want to admit this is really a good man. He really is a good man," he said.
"He might have made a good president, [but] he’s a lousy campaigner."
Simon also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards, which gave only two nominations to the critically-acclaimed movie "Selma," about Martin Luther King and the civil-rights movement.
"It’s the Sharptonization of everything. I mean, it's such nonsense, it’s silly," he said, referring to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has charged that the Hollywood power structure is not racially diverse enough.
"First of all, the Academy as everybody living knows is a Hollywood organization therefore it tilts left.
"Everybody would bend over backwards in the Academy to give a black person anything, so the whole thing is horse manure."
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