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Bobby Jindal touts Louisiana's superiority to 'the Obama minimum wage economy'

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Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal explained how his state has outperformed what he calls President Obama's "minimum-wage economy," in a summary that might be viewed simply as a governor bragging about his record except for the likelihood that he tries to take this platform national in the 2016 election.

"Yeah, we're hurt by the Obama economy, the Obama minimum-wage economy. But we're actually doing better than the country; [we have the] highest incomes ever in our state history," Jindal said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "It's not rocket science. We did it by cutting taxes, cutting government spending, investing in workforce training — these are the kinds of things the president should be doing at the national level."

"We've also implemented school choice," he added, noting that the Justice Department has opposed his school choice policies.

Jindal took questions about Louisiana's lack of a state minimum wage law and the relatively low average income, responding with a lengthy, detailed summary of positive economic developments under his watch. (The one-and-a-half second delay on the live feed meant that once he was on a roll, he was on a roll.)

"The last six years in a row, since I've been governor, we've had more people move into the state, rather than leave the state, so people are voting with their feet," Jindal concluded.

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