ORLANDO, FL - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a top Rick Perry backer, warned not to underestimate the Texas governor from making a comeback in the in the GOP presidential primary race despite new poll numbers that show him lagging behind.
" Rick is a fighter, " Jindal said in an interview with FOX News Thursday. " There is plenty of time left in the primary campaign season."
Jindal pointed to this year's mercurial political cycle--- that has seen several GOP front-runners come and go--as the reason why Perry's current trajectory could improve.
" This has probably been one of the most unpredictable primary seasons on the Republican side. Lots of up and downs and there will probably be a lot more changes between now and when the first votes are cast in Iowa and New Hampshire, so there is a lot of time left," Jindal said of the former front-runner.
" I will support whoever our nominee is," Jindal replied." Again, I think it is going to be Rick. I am supporting Gov. Perry, but whoever our nominee is, I think, will provide a clear contrast with current administration."
Jindal, and 26 other Republican governors, are meeting in Florida for their annual conference.
Jindal, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top Romney surrogate, are one of the few GOP governors congregating here that have endorsed a presidential candidate.
However, most governors convening here have yet to endorse, or indicated that they would not support anyone from the 2012 Republican field, until after the primaries.