Jindal touts Perry leadership on the Iowa campaign trail


MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a little help on the campaign trail today from fellow governor Bobby Jindal, who testified to a crowd about Perry’s economic success in Texas.

“There are going to be a lot of people running for president who can give a great speech and a lot of people who have come out of Washington, DC. I’m here to help support Rick Perry because I think we’ve got to elect somebody who’s actually run his state before,” Jindal said, reviewing a list of ways that he said Perry created a strong economic climate in Texas.

Jindal endorsed Perry in September and was his first high-profile supporter. Perry often jokes on the campaign trail that he and Jindal are competing to create jobs in their home states. Throughout Tuesday’s event at the Decker hotel, which drew about 70 people, the two repeatedly referred to each other by their first names.

The two governors have worked together in the past, particularly during natural disasters that threatened the coastline. To prove a point about Perry’s leadership skills, Jindal recountedthe time Perry sent state planes to help evacuate Lousiana hospitals before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

“Rick didn’t once tell me ‘did you fill out the paperwork?'” Jindal said as he accused the federal government of being more concerned with procedure than practicality.

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