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Bobby Jindal aims to elevate the level of conservative conversation

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who criticized fellow Republicans for obstructionism in resolving this month's government shutdown, will try to develop "conservative policy plans that can succeed in the real world" through a new group, America Next.

Jindal, head of the Republican Governors Association, has been leading an effort to rebrand the Republican Party by shifting voters' focus from the failures of Congress to GOP successes in state capitals. Now, with eyes likely trained on a potential bid for president in 2016, he says Republican governors' ideas can be more widely applied to right the party.

"Conservatives have failed to articulate and sell a national policy agenda to the country, a vision of what conservative policies can accomplish when put into practice," Jindal said. "We've detailed the awful things the Obama administration has done, all the failings of the Left, and we've pledged to undo as much of that as we can. However, the American people demand more than that, and they should."

America Next will be run by Jill Neunaber, the former campaign manager for Republican Gabriel Gomez's failed Senate bid against Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat, in Massachusetts.

The new think tank does not plan to focus initially on developing policies related to those that recently put congressional Republicans in a bind. Instead, the group announced, it will focus on education and energy policy.

As a nonprofit organization, America Next will not be allowed to directly support or oppose candidates and will be limited to promoting or opposing policies.

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Rebecca Berg

Political Correspondent
The Washington Examiner