The crowd was plenty. Nearly a thousand braved the cold and snow flurries in a state that has the most to say about who the Republican nominee will be. In Iowa, they like to pick them early and there are already a few who like what they see. By the time Gov. Jindal was through speaking many were satisfied that a new Conservative-Republican had entered into the fray. A warm relief has settled on some that the GOP can return back to tangible, workable, conservative principles that propelled them to the height of power for over decade. Though the Governor chose to go light on politics and policy and, came up way short of hinting at a possible 2012 presidential run, many were impressed with his thoughts on culture, family, and general disposition.

Harvey Zehr of Urbandale, Iowa, described his attendance at the banquet in personal-ad terms.“I’m a conservative and I’m looking for a conservative,” he said.Zehr said he would like to see Jindal run for president once he adds a little more experience to his résumé. Jindal is less than a year into his first term as governor.“Jindal is definitely the draw. I wouldn’t be here without Jindal. There’s good football games on,” Zehr said.Jim Swan of Des Moines, Iowa, said Jindal struck him as a quality person even if he did not touch on all the conservative social issues.Swan, who owns a restaurant in Newton, said his 100-year-old business is a regular stop on the presidential campaign circuit because the town once was home to the Maytag appliance company.He said he has learned to recognize quality in a candidate.Melanie Leaverton of Oskaloosa, Iowa, said McCain failed to come across as a steadfast conservative.She said the door is open for a true conservative. She said the little bit she’s heard about Jindal is impressive.“Rush Limbaugh said he was the next Ronald Reagan,” Leaverton said.Many in the audience acknowledged that they know little about Jindal other than that he is the leader of a state that they perceive to be awash in corruption.Dawn Dillman of Grinnell, Iowa, said she heard Jindal’s name kicked around as a possible running mate for McCain.Dillman said she hopes Jindal can bring excitement back to conservatism and shore up the conservative base.David Keagle of St. Charles, Iowa, brought his wife, Christa, and their eight children to hear what Jindal had to say.“We’re conservative family people, and he sounds really good,” David Keagle said.

More on Governor Jindal’s visit to Iowa

In Iowa stop, Jindal says GOP must offer solutions — Chicago TribuneLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal warned Saturday of “the coarsening of our culture” as he focused on social and religious conservatives during a trip through Iowa.

The first-term Republican governor told a church-based group Saturday morning in Cedar Rapids that the GOP must combine its core beliefs with a focus on issues such as health care and the economy that motivate most voters.

Jindal puts focus on culture, family during W.D.M. speech Des Moines Register

For those looking at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s appearance in Iowa Saturday as precursor of a potential 2012 Republican presidential bid, he offered a simple message: Get help.

After two years of a non-stop political campaign, if anyone came to hear a political speech, “you might want to consider getting involved in some kind of recovery program,” Jindal joked during a speech at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.

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