Ahead of a number of important gubernatorial races next year, Gov. Bobby Jindal is the latest Republican chief executive to highlight conservative policies at the state level that may help move the needle for GOP candidates elsewhere.
Jindal's nearly five-minute video is the most recent in a series meant to shift voter focus from gridlock in Washington to GOP policies closer to home. The videos, under the banner "American Comeback," are being produced by the Republican Governors Association.
While Jindal will term-limit out of office by 2015 at the latest, the three other governors who have already released their videos -- Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and John Kasich of Ohio -- are all eligible for re-election next year.
Focusing on changes in the classroom, Jindal said recent steps he's taken to overhaul K-12 education in Louisiana have focused on the need to "let the dollars follow the child" and "treat teachers as the professionals they are."
While he didn't mention an ongoing fight with the U.S. Department of Justice over his expanded statewide school vouchers program, Jindal did highlight controversial changes to teacher compensation and tenure rules that have been challenged by local teachers unions since their passage in 2012.
On employment and jobs, Jindal said Republican governors have focused on growing private sector jobs in their states.