Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., first took office in 2008 after serving in Congress for three years. / Danny Johnston, AP
Move over, Chris Christie. Sounds like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is ready to be the new blunt-speaking sensation of the Republican Party.
The governor, frequently mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, will criticize the GOP focus on what's happening in Washington and make a call to "recalibrate the compass of conservatism," according to his speech excerpts.
"Instead of worrying about managing government, it's time for us to address how we can lead America," Jindal will say. "No, the Republican Party does not need to change our principles ... but we might need to change just about everything else we do."
He will address the Republican National Committee's Winter Meeting on Thursday night in Charlotte.
There has been lots of hand-wringing since Mitt Romney was defeated by Obama and Republicans failed to win the Senate majority. After the election, Jindal has been straightforward about the GOP's challenges, telling Politico that his party needs to "stop being the stupid party."
Jindal's remarks were first reported Thursday morning by The Washington Post. He will also aim squarely at the GOP's problems that contributed to Republican losses at the ballot box in November.
"We must compete for every single vote - the 47% and the 53%, and any other combination that adds up to 100%," Jindal will say according to The Post, in a reference to Romney's secretly recorded comments that 47% of Americans are dependent on the government and would not vote for him.
The location for the RNC meeting is noteworthy: North Carolina is the only swing state Romney won in the 2012 election.
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