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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announces run for US presidential elections 2016

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Wednesday he was running for the US presidency in 2016, giving himself a mountain to climb from the bottom of a full pack of Republican candidates.

By: Reuters | Washington | Updated: June 24, 2015 10:49 pm
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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Wednesday he was running for the US presidency in 2016, giving himself a mountain to climb from the bottom of a full pack of Republican candidates.

“My name is Bobby Jindal and I am running for President of the United States of America,” Jindal, who became the first person of Indian-American heritage to run for US president, said on his website.

Jindal, 44, is scheduled to appear later on Wednesday in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner to formally announce his decision. His website featured videos of Jindal and his wife, Supriya, telling their three children that he was going to be a candidate and promising his daughter they would get a puppy if they moved to the White House.

Once seen as a rising Republican star, Jindal has struggled with a fiscal crisis and a slump in popularity in his home state and usually ranks near the bottom in polls of Republicans seeking the nomination for the November 2016 presidential election.

Jindal, a two-term governor who also represented Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, joins 12 other Republicans in the race, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Others, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, are expected to join soon.

Jindal is popular with social conservatives and evangelical Christians, but his home state appeal faded as he tried to close a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state’s budget, caused in part by falling oil prices, without breaking a promise not to raise taxes.

The MarblePort/Hayride poll in Louisiana released last week was especially embarrassing for Jindal, showing more Louisianans back Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for president than Jindal by 44.5 percent to 42 percent.

Republicans in the state complain Jindal spent too much time trying to court national attention while his state floundered.

Jindal is in last place in a Reuters/Ipsos online poll of 15 Republicans, drawing less than 1 percent. It could be difficult for him to be among the top 10 Republican candidates in national polling who will join the party’s first debate in Ohio in August.

Jindal, a Christian who converted from Hinduism as a teenager, jumped into a fight in May over religion and gay rights.

He signed an executive order to allow businesses to refuse service for same-sex weddings, even though Louisiana’s House of Representatives had rejected a similar measure.
Jindal also annoyed business leaders by proposing the elimination of more than $500 million worth of corporate tax rebates this year as part of his effort to balance the budget.

In 2009, Jindal delivered the Republican response to the President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, and many in the party hoped he could be a young counterweight to the new president. But his speech was mocked as amateurish and awkward.

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  1. A
    Jun 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm
    My best wishes to Bobby Jindal..
    1. D
      Jun 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm
      Another converted opportunist Christian ..
      1. I
        Jun 24, 2015 at 11:17 pm
        Why he and his wife need to change their religion to be accepted in American society? What is wrong about indian religion s? Why Indians are weak when it comes to indian ideny or is it votes ka liy kush be karega. One thing is for sure American are not going to select a weak person who is ashamed of his ideny this is guaranteed
        1. J
          Jun 25, 2015 at 6:57 pm
          Guys...why is it that when someone wants to do something and make a difference we stand in their way? Way can't we just encourage and support them? This guy's smart, dedicated, upfront and honest. Racism will play a role here when it comes to voting ad most voters are either black or white..not ma y Asians. So all the best to Jindal.
          1. B
            Jun 25, 2015 at 12:39 am
            He is just wasting everyone's time, including his own. he won't win. He won't even be close to winning. he needs to stop this nonsensical "run" before it runs him over.
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