Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal brought CPAC’s standing-room-only crowd to its feet by talking tough on Islamic terrorism and arguing for America to regain its leading role in world affairs.
“President Obama has disqualified himself, and shown himself incapable of being our commander-in-chief,” Jindal said. “He says we are not at war with Islam; well, certainly we’re not at war with Islam, but we are at war with radical Islam.”
Jindal lacks the high name ID enjoyed by some other 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls. But he has gained attention for his outspoken criticisms of the Obama administration’s response to Islamic terrorism, first making waves on the subject with a speech to the Henry Jackson Society in London earlier this year. On Thursday, Jindal doubled down on his tough talk.
“We don’t need a war on international poverty, we need a war on the evil that is radical Islamic terrorism,” Jindal said. “These individuals are going to go straight to hell, exactly where they belong.”
He continued to chastise the president for refusing to properly identify the enemy, and added that Americans should feel comfortable teaching their children about American exceptionalism.