Marco Rubio’s endorsements continue to grow. This time, he secured the endorsement of former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Other than growing the bandwagon effect, it’s hard to see how Jindal actually helps Rubio.
One thing is for sure, the Jindal endorsement probably kills Rubio in Louisiana. But Rubio probably won’t mind that too much, he doesn’t have much of an organization here and he’s not giving any signs that he plans on actually playing here against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
The Hill reports:
Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, the second former GOP presidential candidate to endorse him.
Jindal described Rubio as a “principled conservative” during an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News’s “On The Record,” saying Rubio could “unify our party” and win in November.
His backing of Rubio comes amid debate over Rubio’s conservative bona fides in the GOP race, after rival Ted Cruz won Monday’s Iowa caucus while Rubio placed third.
Jindal ended his own White House bid in mid-November after going hard after front-runner Donald Trump, who placed second in Iowa.
Jindal on Friday praised Rubio over his national security views.
The endorsement comes just as Rubio seeks to maintain momentum heading into the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, where polls have indicated he’s near the top of the GOP field.
Just a reminder of how unpopular Jindal was when he left office. The last poll done in November on Jindal’s job approval ratings had 55% of Republicans disapproving of him. Only 20% of Louisianians approved of Jindal. The last head to head matchup polled in September had Jindal losing to Hillary Clinton in Louisiana in a hypothetical general election.
File this endorsement under “not helpful”, which is why it was announced on “On The Record” on a Friday night.