The financial calamities in Greece and Puerto Rico are not problems that the United States should worry about or attempt to fix, according to Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
During an appearance on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel on July 6, Jindal did not support the idea of American dollars being used to provide a second bailout to the cash-strapped Greece, which is billions of dollars in debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The foreign nation defaulted on their latest loan payments to the IMF and Greeks voted down a measure that would allow Europe to provide another bailout, but with strict conditions and time limits on how to pay the money back.
“This is between the Greeks and the EU,” Jindal said. The presidential candidate said similar views about Puerto Rico’s current economic state, now $72 billion in debt.
“I know the governor of Puerto Rico is trying to put politics in this, trying to threaten presidential candidates. They need to cut government and grow their economy,” Jindal explained.
Just one day earlier, Jindal appeared on former New York City mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis’ radio program, where he compared the current economic climate in Greece and Puerto Rico to policies supported by the Obama administration and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“I’m running (for president) because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream into the European nightmare. We are on the path towards socialism. It’s not too late, but the hour is late,” he warned.
Jindal is also active on his Twitter page, where he also criticized the policies of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-described “Democratic-Socialist.”
“If you want a peek into our future with Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, then look at what’s happening in Greece today. Greece gave us democracy, and now they’re showing us how to kill a democracy,” Jindal tweeted on July 6.
As one of the last Republicans to announce their candidacy for president, Jindal has much ground to cover. According to Real Clear Politics, Jindal is currently tied for last place in the latest Republican presidential poll, with just over one percent of the vote.