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Every Interview Bobby Jindal Gives Is The Same

"President Obama, Secretary Clinton, they're trying to turn the American dream into the European nightmare," the Republican presidential candidate says, basically every time he is interviewed.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is very, very, very good at staying on message.

In radio interviews — a common feature of Republican campaigning — Jindal has a set of talking points he delivers again, and again, and again.

In fact, Jindal is far and away the Republican presidential candidate who most consistently delivers or returns to his talking points, based on BuzzFeed News reporters who track presidential candidates daily and weekly interviews with radio and local television.

Jindal's favorite point is that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are turning "the American dream into the European nightmare." He has been making some version of this exact statement virtually every time he has done a radio interview on the campaign trail for the past two months.

Other points oft-repeated by Jindal are that America is on the "path to socialism," that he disagrees with Jeb Bush's statement that Republicans "need to lose the primary to win the general," and that Obama and Clinton are both "socialists," just like Bernie Sanders, "only Bernie's more honest about it."

Here are some examples of him repeating the same things over and over again:

"They're trying to turn the American dream into the European nightmare."

Here he is saying it on TV on June 25:

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May 29: "To me, this election is about rescuing the American dream from becoming the European nightmare."

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June 19: "This is the most important election of our lifetime. It's about rescuing the American dream from not [sic] becoming the European nightmare."

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And on June 26: "We're not gonna turn the American dream into the European nightmare."

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And later the same interview: "We need to rescue our country from the European nightmare."

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And on June 30: "President Obama, Secretary Clinton, they're trying to turn the American dream into the European nightmare."

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He said it in another interview on June 30, too:

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He said it on July 10:

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And again on July 14:

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Aaaaand on July 22:

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June 30: "We're already on the path toward socialism."

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July 10: "Let's be honest. They're putting us on the path to socialism."

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On July 14: "They're taking us down the path to socialism."

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On July 22: This president's got us on the path to socialism."

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On June 26 again, except "march" instead of "path":

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"Bernie at least admits he's a socialist."

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That's from June 19.

July 10: "At least Bernie Sanders is honest about it. Give the man credit."

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July 17: "Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are socialists, just like Bernie Sanders, only Bernie's more honest about it."

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July 22: "The only difference between them is he is honest enough to call himself a socialist."

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"Jeb Bush says we have to be willing to lose the primary to win the general"

June 26: "Unlike Jeb Bush, who said we need to be willing to lose the primary to win the general election..."

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June 30: "When Jeb Bush says we have to be willing to lose the primary to win the general..."

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And again, on the same day:

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On July 10, Jindal acknowledged, "I've said this before."

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Yes you have, governor.

July 14: "I don't agree with Jeb Bush. He says we've gotta be willing to lose the primary to win the general."

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July 17: "Steve, you remember when Jeb Bush said that you've gotta be willing to lose the primary to win the general?"

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How could he not?

July 22: "You know, Jeb Bush famously said you've got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general election."

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In this July 16 interview, it almost seemed as if Jindal was going to run out of time without hitting his points. But then, he rattled off 3 of his top talking points in 13 seconds:

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Bobby Jindal is the Tracy McGrady of politicians:

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Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Christopher Massie at Christopher.Massie@buzzfeed.com.

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