Louisiana governor and one-time wunderkind of the Republican party, presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, has been faring poorly in the polls but he thinks the election will shift soon. In an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week,’ Jindal said he believes support for Donald Trump, who has been drowning out the competition, will fade soon.
"I think after we get past the summer of silliness and insults, the voters are going to begin to look at who is prepared to do the job,” Jindal said. "I believe I am the candidate best able to do this job on the first day."
However, Jindal acknowledged that Trump has tapped into the anger and disillusionment many people feel towards Captiol Hill. "What the polls tell me is that nobody really has any real voters right now," he said.
He added, optimistically: "What I see is that voters haven't committed to any candidate yet ... this is a wide open race."
Though Jindal has been hesitant to attack Trump directly, the immigration rhetoric that has inflamed the 2016 debate has obliquely attacked Jindal personally. Most recently, Trump has been defending his use of the term ‘anchor baby,’ which refers to a child who is born in the United States and is therefore a citizen regardless of the parents’ legal status.
Jindal’s mother was five months pregnant when she came to the U.S with her husband to complete a graduate degree in nuclear physics at Louisiana State University, The Times-Picayune reported. At the time, neither of them were U.S. citizens.