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(Photo : Reuters / Jonathan Ernst) Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election, slammed President Barack Obama's "harmful" foreign policy, pushing the U.S. to increase its defense spending.
Gov. Jindal's foreign policy stance is an attempt to get the approval of the right-leaning Republican conservatives and distinguish himself from his election rivals. He is trying to convince the U.S. that it needs to increase its budget for national security up to 4 percent of the country's gross domestic product, Reuters reported.
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"We must undo the president's harmful spending cuts," Jindal said, "and ensure that our fighting men and women always have the tools they need to succeed."
Jindal made the statement at the American Enterprise Institute, adding that the present situation and the various crises the U.S. is facing call for higher, not lower, spending on national security.
Based on early polls, Jindal comes behind Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and other potential Republican runners. Both Paul and Cruz opposed a resolution to finance moderate rebels in Syria to help fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The Louisiana governor slammed the other Republican Congressmen who backed Obama's spending cuts, which were called sequestration. Those politicians are now frustrated with Obama, he said.
In addition, Jindal said the Americans want a "big change" to happen in the country. Republicans and Democrats alike are frustrated with Obama's policies are not working, but Republicans still have to present a more viable alternative, he stated
The potential Republican presidential runner criticized Obama's move to rule out the option of deploying ground troops to combat ISIL. He said the move only exposed Washington's limitations, the report relayed.
Meanwhile, Jindal said he will put off deciding on whether to become a Republican presidential nominee until after the November elections and the holidays.
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