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April 8, 2014

Bobby Jindal to headline SC GOP dinner

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Another 2016 White House prospect will speak at the S.C. Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the party's large annual fundraiser on June 6 -- a year after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and two years after Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spoke at the event. CNN first reported the news.

The dinner also will honor America’s World War II veterans on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Tickets start at $75. For $150, people also can attend a pre-event reception with Jindal, and for $500, they can get two dinner tickets, an invite to the reception and a photo with the governor.

Jindal was one of three fellow governors (and presidential hopefuls) who helped kick off Gov. Nikki Haley's re-election bid in Greenville in August.

He was joined by Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. The trio also attended a fundraiser after Haley's announcement.

Perry has come back to the state with a visit to the Upstate in December. This is Jindal's first public trip back to the Palmetto State since the summer.

South Carolina is not the only early-presidential primary state where Jindal will visit in June. He also will appear at the Iowa Republican Party's convention that month.

The S.C. Democrats will have Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine headlining its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on May 2.

Kaine, a former governor, is considered a possible vice presidential choice by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she runs. Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, spoke at the Democratic fundraiser last year.

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