|Updated: 7/27/2012 10:07 pm
||Published: 7/27/2012 9:35 pm
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal brought the GOP fight against Barack Obama to Arkansas on Friday, telling Republicans at their state convention that the economy is doing too poorly to give the president another four years in office.
In a speech similar to one he gave Thursday night in Iowa, the Mitt Romney surrogate said three years of high unemployment had frustrated Americans and the nation could not afford to re-elect the Democrat.
"This election is important not just for us but for our children and grandchildren. We have to make sure President Obama is a one-term president," Jindal said.
The Louisiana governor has been mentioned as a possible GOP vice presidential candidate. After his speech, he said he wouldn't answer questions about whether he was undergoing a review by Romney, the presumed GOP nominee, or anyone else.
Arkansas Republicans meeting near former President Bill Clinton's boyhood home lauded their neighbor to the south, giving Jindal two standing ovations and presenting him with a Henry repeating rifle as a gift. State party chairman Doyle Webb said it was No. 11 in a series that includes guns presented to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. President Abraham Lincoln once was presented with a similar gun, Webb said.
Jindal eyed the stock to read the inscription and posed holding the gun waist-high. He did not raise the weapon to his eye and look down the barrel.
Webb said he had no qualms presenting a gun to the governor after last week's mass shooting at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. While the guns are operable, "they're for display."
Arkansas has seen a political shift in recent years and the GOP is hopeful that it could claim a majority in either legislative chamber this fall. They need to flip five seats in the House and three in the Senate.
"We did it in Louisiana. You can do it in Arkansas as well," Jindal said.
Republicans also hold three of the state's four U.S. House seats and the Louisiana governor said it was important to give Romney a GOP majority in 2013.
As he had in Iowa on Thursday, Jindal compared Obama to President Jimmy Carter - calling Obama more liberal and more incompetent than the former president - but said he meant Carter no disrespect.
He also criticized the president offering suggestions to European leaders to help jump-start their economies.
"It's like the town drunk telling you, you are drinking too much," Jindal said.
GOP nominee Sen. John McCain won Arkansas' six electoral votes in 2008. Obama fared poorly in the Arkansas presidential primary in May and Romney is expected to carry the state in the fall.
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