Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he would love to have what could be called Louisiana’s other First Family with him when he announces his 2016 intentions in New Orleans later this month.
During a call-in appearance on Fox News Radio’s Kilamede and Friends on Friday, Jindal said he would welcome the Robertson family, of Duck Dynasty fame, on stage when he makes his big announcement June 24.
“They’re just great people. Great Americans,” Jindal said of Willie, Korie and the rest of the Robertson fam. “I’d love to have them there.”
Jindal notably made an appearance on Duck Dynasty last year. He’s frequently hyped the Louisiana-set reality show, and even presented Robertson with the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.
Appearing on the same Fox Radio show earlier this year, Willie Robertson talked up Jindal’s 2016 chances, and Jindal went on to joke that Robertson would make a good running mate.
“They have been friends before I was governor, before they had the show,” Jindal said Friday of the West Monroe family.
So who else will be with Jindal when he announces his 2016 run? He told the radio audience that his family — wife, Supriya, daughter, Selia, and sons Shaan and Slade — will definitely be there, of course, but he said other specific details are still in the works. It’s widely suspected that Baton Rouge-native Jindal has chosen New Orleans as the backdrop for his announcement to play up his education reform record.
Also on Friday’s radio show, Jindal responded to Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent push to call out Republicans voting rights records.
Jindal is among potential GOP candidates whose record has been specifically targeted by Team Clinton. The pro-Clinton Correct The Record, on its website, notes that the Jindal administration has been sued by the NAACP over voting rights.
But Jindal largely shrugged off the Clinton remarks during the radio show.
“I think a good election is a fair election where everybody votes,” Jindal said. “There’s nothing wrong with protecting the integrity of our elections.”
He went on to say that voter identification measures are “not an unusual or overwhelming burden.”
He also slammed Democrats, who he said were “crowning” Clinton as the Democratic nominee for 2016 without a fight.
“I’m glad we have so many folks on the Republican side,” he said.