Bobby Jindal may skip Republican national debate
Indian-origin US presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal is considering skipping the next Republican national debate after he failed to garner a minimum 2.5 percent support in a recent poll, according to a report.
Houston: Indian-origin US presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal is considering skipping the next Republican national debate after he failed to garner a minimum 2.5 percent support in a recent poll, according to a report.
Instead, Jindal, 44, will face off against three other low-polling candidates in what some call a "junior varsity" debate.
After failing to receive the necessary 2.5 percent support in a CNN poll to achieve a spot at the national debate's main stage on October 28, the Louisiana-Indian American governor said that he isn't committed to attending the CNBC undercard debate.
"We haven't made a decision yet," Jindal told Blitzer.
"They still have the opportunity to do the right thing," said Jindal, on the latest CNN-ORC poll published on October 21. He is joined by Jim Gilmore and George Pataki with less than 1 percent support.
Four-hundred-sixty-five Republicans were polled. Those polled were asked who would be their first choice among the current GOP candidates and Jindal received an asterisk, or less than 1 percent support.
When asked for their second choice, 1 percent of those polled said they would choose Jindal.
According to CNBC's guidelines, candidates need at least 2.5 percent on an average of NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN and Bloomberg polls to qualify for the main stage event.
Those with less than 2.5 percent are invited to the undercard debate, which takes place just prior to the main event. Jindal has been polling at or below 1 percent in each poll.