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  "I'm sure his advisers told him [President Barack Obama] drink all the Red Bull and caffeine you can. The problem is not his oratorical skills. The problem is his record. You can combine the speaking skills of Presidents (Ronald) Reagan, (Abraham) Lincoln and Winston Churchill ... and you still couldn't defend his record." — Gov. Bobby Jindal in the "spin room" backstage at the Oct. 16 presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., acting as a surrogate for GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

  "Over five years as Louisiana's chief executive, (Bobby) Jindal's given campaign speeches, traveled to fundraisers and dropped into Republican events in 39 states and Washington, D.C., hitting key presidential race states like Iowa multiple times. More than one-third of the 160 different out-of-state trips he's taken in office have happened since January. ... Polls have shown concern from some voters about the frequency of the trips, and even a few Republican lawmakers have quietly questioned Jindal's commitment to state business when he seems to be eyeing a bigger political prize." — The Associated Press' Melinda Deslatte, in an Oct. 14 analysis of Jindal's travels.

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