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Jindal: Immigrants to the US must ‘get to work’Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal explained his stance on immigration, saying, “we need to move away from hyphenated Americans. Bobby Jindal this month in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the Jindal campaign was quick to spread the word, posting an announcement on its blog and sending out the news via Twitter. We’re all Americans.” Jindal, appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday insisted that immigrants should “learn English, come here legally, adopt our values, roll up our sleeves, and get to work.” Martha Raddatz: I want to turn to immigration, I know your parents were legal immigrants, but growing up, a child of Indian parents, you had to have experienced being an immigrant, unlike some of the other candidates, most of the other candidates. The endorsement drew notice from the media, too, prompting an article in Iowa’s largest newspaper, The Des Moines Register, as well as citations on political websites.

Is there any part of you, when you hear things being said, derogatory things being said about immigrants, that troubles you as the child of immigrants? Windschitl’s endorsement makes up a small slice of what’s sometimes called the invisible primary, where candidates seek the support of elected officials, activists and other influential members of their political party to build momentum toward winning the nomination.

The corralling of endorsements may lack the sizzle of big rallies and speeches, TV debates or even slick campaign commercials, but it is significant nonetheless, said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “Most people who are not plugged in to politics would say the opposite,” Sabato said. “The common phrase you hear is, ‘I don’t care. Who do these people think they are?’ “In fact, for the people who actually vote in caucuses and primaries, endorsements are critical signals that they use because, remember, they don’t have party identifications” to rely on, Sabato said. “That’s the problem with partisan primary contests: They’re all Republicans or they’re all Democrats, so you need other cues, and endorsements are one of those cues.” “You get media attention and additional financial support, and that’s going to lead to more media attention and more financial support,” he said. “If the NRA endorses you, then for the substantial number of Republican primary voters that put a high value on the Second Amendment, that means that you’re A-OK,” Cook said.

The two met at a Second Amendment rally in Iowa two or three years ago, he said. “He’s got the right vision and the right attitude to be commander in chief,” Windschitl said, adding that he also is impressed by Jindal’s strong anti-abortion views and his management of state government in the face of challenges posed by economic downturns and natural disasters. Iowa kicks off the nomination process with its Feb. 1 caucuses, and Jindal has campaigned heavily there, participating in numerous town hall meetings with voters. But Noel said it also can include, depending on the party, donors, members of the clergy, leaders of advocacy groups such as the NRA or the Sierra Club, tea party organizers and labor unionists.

Jindal: Well look, what I worry about is that you look to Europe, the contrast is, Martha, you’ve got second, third generation immigrants that don’t consider themselves as parts of those societies, those cultures. Beyond the boost to a candidate’s credibility, an endorsement can provide access to a network of friends, supporters and campaign volunteers linked to the endorser or can reassure other party movers and shakers that the candidate is legitimate. Jindal’s campaign manager, Timmy Teepell, said Jindal has not actively sought endorsements to help his chances in Iowa. “If you have to convince someone, that’s not an endorsement,” he said. The data-driven political website FiveThirtyEight says that when the elites of a party “have reached a consensus on the best candidate, rank-and-file voters have usually followed” in nomination contests over the past few decades. The site awards 10 points for an endorsement by a governor, five for an endorsement by a U.S. senator and one for an endorsement by a U.S. representative.

My parents are proud of their Indian heritage, but they came here to be Americans and they love this country, they want to raise their children as Americans. Jindal has no points — although neither does Donald Trump, the real estate developer and reality TV celebrity who is well out in front in the polls. Bush, the winner-to-be had pulled well ahead of his rivals in attracting endorsements by this point in the election cycle, a half-year or so before the Iowa caucuses.

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