Jindal to compete against Iowa GOP stars

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is heading to Iowa next weekend to pump up his stock with an eye on 2016 Republican presidential nomination. 

But if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a venerable blue chipper like General Electric and Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? MORE (R-Ky.) is a fast-rising star like Facebook, then Jindal may be more akin to Crocs, a once promising bet that lost 40 percent of its value in a single week and has muddled along ever since.

Jindal is well regarded among GOP insiders for his policy acumen but his political standing never quite recovered from his disappointing 2009 State-of-the-Union response, for which he was roundly mocked.

Still, some lawmakers such as Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchGOP lawmakers ask IRS to explain M wasted on unusable email system GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Schumer says Pacific trade pact may have enough votes to pass the Senate MORE (R-Utah) think Jindal has a legitimate shot to win the 2016 nomination because he is a governor and has potential appeal for conservative Democrats and independents. 

The Des Moines Register has reported his itinerary for Aug. 8 and 9.

On Friday, he will speak at the Iowa Renewal Project’s policy briefing for pastors and then campaign with candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks at the Knoxville Raceway and at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum.

On Saturday, he will visit the Iowa State Fair and join Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) at the Conservative Leadership Council.

He will speak later that day at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, alongside bigger-name presidential hopefuls, including Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzFive takeaways from money race Club for Growth: Anti-Trump spending proved to be 'good call' Republicans, it's time to stop asking 'What would Reagan do?' MORE (R-Texas.) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Jindal made a play for social conservatives earlier this year when spoke at the Iowa Republican convention mid June.