- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is committed to the 2016 presidential race, undeterred by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s call for other GOP contenders to drop out to clear the field for a few to take on front-runner Donald Trump.

“We are in this campaign, and have built a lean, mean machine with a low-burn rate,” said Mr. Jindal’s campaign manager Timmy Teepell in an interview with The Washington Times. “We’re going to go to Iowa, and we’re going to spend time in Iowa, and we expect to win Iowa. Folks in Iowa take their time in deciding, their responsibility seriously, so you need to have a campaign built to last and give voters time to evaluate your candidate.”

Mr. Walker surprised many when he dropped out of the presidential race Monday, after leading Iowa in state polls only two months ago. On Sunday, his campaign registered only an asterisk in national polling, indicating how far he had dropped, and campaign funding had dried up.

In his speech suspending his campaign, Mr. Walker urged other candidates to get out of the race so Mr. Trump could be better challenged. Currently, there are 15 contenders in the Republican race for the White House.

“Today I feel I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” Mr. Walker said. “I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and, ultimately, to the future of our country.”

Mr. Jindal, who is polling at one to 2 percent nationally, remains undeterred. He has seen some movement in Iowa, where he’s courting evangelicals. Mr. Jindal has spent 38 days campaigning in Iowa this caucus season and is polling at 2.7 percent in the state, according to Real Clear Politics’s rolling average of polls.

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