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Bobby Jindal: Obama Could Use Common Core to Distort American History

"It would be about America's shortcomings and failures from a president who I don't believe believes in American exceptionalism."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Jindal was the last of several prospective Republican presidential candidates to address more than 1,000 evangelical Christians attending the event. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) AP Photo/Molly Riley

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal warned that if the Obama administration can promote education standards from Washington, it could lead to a distorted history curriculum being taught in America's schools.

"I don't think the federal government should be adopting one-size-fits-all standards. Today it's math and [English language arts]," Jindal said Wednesday at an education forum in Manchester, New Hampshire, sponsored by the education nonprofit, the Seventy Four.

Louisiana G overnor Bobby Jindal (Photo Credit: AP) AP

"I just ask this hypothetically. I'm a conservative Republican. What if President Obama's administration — I'm not saying they are today — but what if they were proposing American history standards?" Jindal asked. "What kind of American history would we be teaching? It would be about victimhood. It wouldn't be about American exceptionalism. It would be about America's shortcomings and failures from a president who I don't believe believes in American exceptionalism."

Jindal initially backed the controversial Common Core standards; Louisiana is now leading a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education in opposition to the program.

Pressed on his initial support, Jindal said: "Common Core was like Obamacare, you had to pass before you knew what was in it."

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