First Look: Likely Candidate Targets Religion in New Ad

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DES MOINES, Iowa– Likely presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, seems to have his eyes on Iowa’s social conservatives. And now they can have their eyes on him.

The pro-Jindal SuperPAC, called the American Future Project, released an ad Tuesday called “Religious Liberty.”

Jindal has frequently decried what he calls an “assault on religious liberties” in the United States during his Iowa campaign stops. Recently, that criticism has included how those who oppose same-sex marriage could be forced to sell services for marriage ceremonies of same-sex couples.

Jindal supports one man-one woman marriage. While his position on marriage falls in the minority of Americans according to recent polls, it does more closely mirror the position of Iowa’s social conservatives.

A spokesman said the ad will run in Iowa on cable and online for a week.

Monday, Jindal announced he filed paperwork to set up a presidential exploratory committee. He has said he will make a decision on whether to run for president after his state’s legislature adjourns next month.

The fight for Iowa’s social conservatives could be a challenging one forJindal or any other Republican. Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry  and others also heavily court that group.