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2016 watch? Bobby Jindal uses school choice to raise money for New Hampshire GOP

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Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., did New Hampshire Republicans a solid by sending out a fundraising message attacking the state's Democratic governor, but he raised his profile at the same time by building the pitch around school choice.

"As governor of Louisiana, I have fought to give every child an equal opportunity to get a great education," Jindal wrote in the Thursday email. "Too often children are trapped in failing schools — not because of their skills or abilities — but because of their ZIP code. That's unacceptable, and that's why New Hampshire Republicans stepped up to pass the state's outstanding education tax credit law. This law gives businesses a tax credit when they donate to a new scholarship fund that helps parents choose the education setting that is best for their children."

After noting his agreement with the N.H. GOP, Jindal went on offense. "Gov. Maggie Hassan has demonstrated a callous disregard for children who depend on these scholarships," he said. "She has repeatedly fought to repeal this popular tax credit — recently she even took the step of urging the state Supreme Court to restrict school choice by invalidating this good law. Her disgraceful effort to kill this popular program shows that she is out of touch with the values and priorities of her constituents."

Hassan is up for re-election in 2014. "[New Hampshirans] will have a chance to elect a leader who will do what is right for students and parents instead of the liberal special interests and unions that have bankrolled Governor Hassan's political campaigns," Jindal said. "But in order to win, Republicans will need your help to build a strong grassroots network. That's why the New Hampshire Republican State Committee needs your time, efforts, and your donations today to take back the corner office in November."

In August, another potential presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, headlined a fundraiser for the New Hampshire GOP.

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