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Jindal: ‘I Wish Obama Would Negotiate with Iran as Hard as He’s Negotiating with U.S. Senate’

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Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal hammered President Obama today over his threats to veto legislation demanding transparency and the inclusion of anti-terror pledges in the Iranian nuclear deal, saying he “wish[es] Obama would negotiate with Iran as hard as he’s negotiating with the U.S. Senate.”

During an interview at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington D.C., Jindal questioned the White House’s foreign policy priorities.

“He is so tough with the United States Senate, [but] gives away everything to Iran,” he said. “God forbid the U.S. Senate should say that we’re not doing a deal with Iran unless they renounce terrorism. God forbid that the U.S. Senate should put in an amendment that says, ‘Oh, by the way, there’s no deal with Iran unless they recognize the right of Israel to exist.”

In fact, Jindal sees President Obama’s push for a détente with Iran as the impetus behind many of his international decisions. “The administration’s desire to get a deal with Iran has affected their foreign policy from the beginning,” he said. Pointing to Obama’s decision not to take on the Assad regime in Syria and the softer line he’s taken on Russian aggression, he said, “I think it could all be connected to an overarching desire to get a deal with Iran.”

Jindal also took on his own party, cautioning the GOP against embracing crony capitalism.

“Everybody is against credits and rebates, unless it’s theirs,” he said, explaining why tax reform has proven so difficult in Louisiana. “Everybody’s for a lower, flatter tax code without all these carve-outs. Everybody else’s is special interests, but when you start trying to touch theirs, that’s a different story.”

#related#“My warning to the Republican party is, we’ve got to be careful,” Jindal said. “We are historically not the party of big government – we cannot become the party of big business either.”

“It’s not okay for us to say to the Democrats, ‘We don’t like when you favor special interests, but it’s okay when we do it for people we like,” he explained.

Jindal got a laugh while describing some of the perks his family will miss after his gubernatorial term ends. The governor’s mansion, he explained, has the kind of extensive kitchen you’d expect in a state like Louisiana — including a bacon drawer, with mounds of the stuff being fried and tucked away every morning.

“One of the things I’ve told my kids is, ‘There will be no bacon drawer in our new house,’” he said, prompting laughs from the audience. “‘Enjoy it while you can.’”

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