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Jindal pushes to establish himself in a crowded race

Jindal battled former New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Lindsey Graham. (AP photo) Jindal battled former New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Lindsey Graham. (AP photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Gov. Bobby Jindal tried to thrust himself back into Republican presidential nominee contention Wednesday in a debate that included three other candidates - but not the party's frontrunners.

Following his attack ads and speeches denouncing GOP favorite Donald Trump, Jindal began the debate not backing down from what he has said. And while Trump talk dominated the first few moments of the debate, it quickly shifted to policy.

“I'm not for amnesty,” Jindal said. “I have not been for amnesty, will never be for amnesty. I say secure the border.”

Jindal battled former New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Lindsey Graham. They discussed the conflict in the Middle East, Isis and immigration.

Jindal at times found himself in the crossfire, but he hit home with the Republican base by attacking other candidates for what he says is the party's lack of action against Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.  

“We defunded them in Louisiana, let's defund them in DC,” he said. “If we can't win on that issue, there is no point for Democrats, no point for having a second liberal party. It's time to get rid of the Republican Party. Start over with a new one that's at least conservative.” 

Jindal also said he believes American Christians are being discriminated against, and if elected president, he'd fight to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal.

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