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LA Gov. Jindal says younger vote could be crucial to election

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke to a crowd of Republican supporters Tuesday in the Cedar Valley on Tuesday, just hours before President Obama's visit to Waterloo.

Jindal is known as a well-liked politician among Republicans and Democrats. Many had the Louisiana governor on Mitt Romney's short list for vice president.

Although Jindal is not going to be Romney's running mate, he was more than happy to campaign on the former Massachusetts governor's behalf. Tuesday evening, Jindal stopped in Cedar Falls to speak with local Republicans.

"This is a very important election. I want my kids to have an opportunity to pursue the American dream. I don't want to mortgage their future. Quite simply, we can't afford another four more years of this president's policies," said Jindal.

Jindal spoke to a crowd in Cedar Falls about several topics -- putting an emphasis on Romney and Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare.

"Keep the program the way it is for seniors, those nearing retirement. For younger adults, let's introduce premium support. That means choice competition. The same principles we use to provide health care for members of congress, the White House staff, for the President of the United States. If it's good enough for them, we should be able to give it to our seniors as well," said Jindal.

As the country's youngest governor, it's appropriate that Jindal also spent time meeting with younger voters. As one college Republican put it, it gives his peers the chance to hear from both the President and a high-ranking Republican in one day.

"It gives a lot of options to find out what we believe in. And I'm going to do my best to make sure they have all the facts and I think when given all the fact they will end up voting for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan," said Lucas Draisey.

Jindal's appearance in the Cedar Valley is likely one of many high profile visits we'll see as we lead up to November, and that's a good thing for the local party.

"Black Hawk County is a tough county, but we made great strides in the last two years. We've registered tons of people as Republicans," said BHC Chairperson Garland "Mac" McDonald.

Jindal is hoping his presence will make an impact, and put Romney on top in Iowa come November.

"Iowa's a critical state once again. Four years ago, Iowa launched President Obama into the White House. First in, first out. A lot of Iowans are having buyers remorse and they're ready to send Mitt Romney to the White House," said Jindal.

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