Bobby Jindal in Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate

On Abortion: Defund and criminally investigate Planned Parenthood

Q: [Your rival candidate] Carly Fiorina said that she would go so far as to shut down the government over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood. Would you do that?

JINDAL: Well, Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election, because I guarantee under President Jindal, January 2017, the Department of Justice and the IRS and everybody else that we can send from the federal government will be going in to Planned Parenthood. This is absolutely disgusting, and revolts the conscience of the nation. Absolutely, we need to defund Planned Parenthood. In my own state, for example, we launched an investigation, asked the FBI to cooperate. We just, earlier this week, kicked them out of Medicaid in Louisiana as well, canceled their provider contract. They don't provide any abortions in Louisiana. I don't think President Obama should send taxpayer dollars to this group that has been caught, I believe, breaking the law, but also offending our values and our ethics.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Civil Rights: Protect first amendment rights for Christian business owners

Q: What would be your first executive order?

JINDAL: [After immigration orders], I would sign an executive order protecting religious liberty, our first amendment rights, so Christian business owners and individuals don't face discrimination for having a traditional view of marriage.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Health Care: ObamaCare changes American dream into European nightmare

Q: Ohio Governor John Kasich took the federal money for Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare. You passed on those tax dollars. Why was he wrong?

JINDAL: Under President Obama and Secretary Clinton, they're working hard to change the American dream into the European nightmare. They do celebrate more dependence on the government. Give Bernie Sanders credit: he's honest enough to call himself a socialist. Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton, they're no better. If we were to expand Medicaid, we're going to have too many people in the cart rather than pulling the cart. This isn't free money. There is a better way to provide health care. Simply expanding Medicaid does not improve health care outcomes. In Louisiana, instead we're helping people get jobs so they can provide for their own health care.

Q: So Governor Kasich was wrong?

JINDAL: I don't think anybody should be expanding Medicaid. It's a mistake to create new and more expensive entitlement programs when we can't afford the ones we've got today.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Homeland Security: Name the enemy: radical Islamic terrorism

Unlike Obama, I'll actually name the enemy that we confront. We've got a president who cannot bring himself to say the words "radical Islamic terrorism." Obama loves to criticize America, apologize for us, criticize medieval Christians. How can we beat an enemy if our commander-in-chief doesn't have the moral clarity to say that Islam has a problem, and that problem is radical Islam, to say they've got to condemn the individual murderers who are committing these acts of violence?
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Immigration: Immigration without assimilation is an invasion

We need a nominee, a candidate who will endorse our own principles. Jeb Bush says we've got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general. Let me translate that for you. That's the establishment telling us to hide our conservative principles to get the left and the media to like us. That never works. If we do that again, we will lose again, we will deserve to lose again.

One principle, for example, we've got to embrace is on immigration. We must insist on assimilation--immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work.

I'm tired of the hyphenated Americans and the division. I've got the backbone, I've got the band width, I've got the experience to get us through this. I'm asking folks not just to join my campaign, but join a cause. It is time to believe in America again.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Immigration: Prosecute and defund sanctuary cities for harboring illegals

Q: Your first executive order would be in the White House would be what?

JINDAL: To repeal these unconstitutional illegal orders, whether it's amnesty or whether it's this president going around the Congress to restore the rule of law. I'd also go after these sanctuary cities, do everything we can to make sure that we are actually prosecuting and cutting off funding for cities that are harboring illegal aliens, and then finally making sure the IRS is not going after conservative or religious group

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Principles & Values: I ran for office to make generational change, not popularity

Q: Your approval numbers at home are in the mid 30s. If the people of Louisiana are not satisfied, what makes you think that the people of this nation would be?

JINDAL: Last time I was elected governor, I won a record margin in my state. We've got a lot of politicians that will kiss babies, cut ribbons, do whatever it takes to be popular. That's not why I ran for office. I ran for office to make the generational changes in Louisiana. We've cut 26 percent of our budget. We have 30,000 fewer state bureaucrats than the day I took office. I don't think anybody has cut that much government anywhere, at any time. As a result, eight credit upgrades; as a result, a top ten state for private sector job creation. My point is this: I won two landslide elections, I made big changes. I think our country is tired of the politicians who simply read the polls and fail to lead. I think the American people are looking for real leadership. That's what I've done in Louisiana, that's what I'll do in America.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On War & Peace: Don't change hearts & minds; kill the terrorists

Q: August 8th marks one year since the strikes began against ISIS. A Marine Corps general says, "One year later, that fight is at a stalemate." How would your fight against ISIS be different?

JINDAL: We've got a president who says, "we're going to change hearts and minds." Well, you know what? Sometimes you win a war by killing murderous, evil terrorists. We're going to take the political handcuffs off the military. We will arm and train the Kurds. We will work with our Sunni allies. They know we will be committed to victory. We had this failed red line with Assad and it discouraged folks that want to help us on the ground. Finally, we'll take off the political handcuffs. We'll go to the Congress. This president has gone to Congress and said "give me a three-year deadline, give me a ban on ground troops." I'm going to go to the commanders and say give me a plan to win. You can't send your troops into harm's way unless you give them every opportunity to be successful.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

The above quotations are from Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Ten by polls
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