Washington: Indian-American presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal has exuded confidence that he would win the two key primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire next year even as the Louisiana Governor is unlikely to figure in the first Republican debate featuring party's top ten candidates.
Jindal said yesterday that his confidence was based on the increasing crowd at his meetings in both Iowa and New Hampshire, where the Grand Old Party primary elections along with that in South Carolina are scheduled for February 1.
"We're doing very well. Our crowds are building," Jindal said and referred to the latest poll in Iowa where he has now advanced to fourth place after leading Republican candidates ? Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.
In its latest poll, Gravis Marketing found Jindal at fourth place with 7.2 per cent, trailing former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (10 per cent), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (15.4 per cent) and Donald Trump (30.9 per cent).
The poll largely mirrors an internal Jindal campaign poll released to the media last week, which also showed him in fourth place behind the same three candidates and polling at eight per cent.
Jindal has made Iowa a cornerstone of his effort to break through the crowded Republican presidential field.
Jindal, who appeared at the Voters First Forum in New Hampshire ? another key primary State ? along with 13 other Republican presidential candidate, is currently ranked 13th nationally as per an average of all major polls by Real Clear Politics.
17 Republicans are in the race in total.
Jindal, 44, has an average of just 1.5 per cent of the votes, as against 22.5 per cent by Donald Trump, who is at the top right now, followed by Jeb Bush with 12.7 per cent and Walker 12 per cent.
Only top 10 candidates would be invited to participate in the first Republican presidential debate, to be conducted by Fox News, in Cleveland, Ohio.
However, rest of the candidates, including Jindal would participate in another live debate to be conducted by the channel before the main debate.
At his New Hampshire appearance, which was attended by 13 other Republican presidential candidates, Jindal continued with his policy of lashing out at US President Barack Obama.
He said the president's Iranian nuclear agreement was a "bad deal."
"He's declared war on trans fats and [made] a deal with the largest state sponsor of terrorism," Jindal said while calling for the military to be armed on military bases.
Jindal said Washington needed to be more frugal.
"We have a bunch of math deniers in both parties," Jindal said about the need for fiscal belt-tightening.
"We're separating ourselves by our ideas [and] our track record," Jindal said, touting his record of slashing Louisiana's budget by 26 per cent and promoting private-sector job growth.