Jindal officially running for president


Iowa State Daily

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke during the 2014 Family Leadership Summit about issues of schooling and providing for children in need. Jindal will be in Ames Saturday morning.

Alex Hanson

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on Wednesday that he will run for president in 2016, making him the thirteenth Republican to seek the GOP nomination.

He made the announcement in front of supporters gathered in Kenner, La. Jindal told the crowd that he is running to change Washington and get things done.

“I’m Bobby Jindal, I’m governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I am running for president of the greatest country in the world — the United States of America,” he said to applause.

Jindal touted his record as governor, saying he reformed ethics laws and education, privatized the state’s hospital system and cut the size of government.

“We did what they said couldn’t be done,” Jindal said. “We shrank our government. We cut our budget by 26 percent and cut the number of government bureaucrats by more than 30,000.”

Jindal took swipes at Democrats and called out Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by name, saying she wants to grow government.

“You can’t grow the economy and the government at the same time,” Jindal said. “Democrats measure success by the prosperity of government, we measure the success by the prosperity of the people.”

He also called for cutting spending, term limits in Washington, repealing and replacing Obamacare with a “free market” solution, and increased border security.

Jindal, known as a staunch defender of religious liberty, said Christianity is under attack, but he and millions of Americans who are not afraid to show their faith are ready to fight.

“We’ve had enough of talkers, it’s time for a doer,” Jindal said, also taking swipes at his own party. He said he does not have permission to run from establishment in Washington and will run to take on those in D.C.

“I’m not running for president to be somebody, I’m running for President to do something.”

Jindal, 44, has been governor of Louisiana since 2008 and previously served in Congress as a representative from 2005 until his election to statewide office.

Jindal first made his announcement Wednesday morning on his Twitter account:

For several years, some saw Jindal as a rising star in the Republican Party. He was tapped to give the official GOP response to President Obama’s first State of the Union in 2009, and he has been floated as a potential presidential candidate for several years.

Recent polls show that Jindal has some ground to make up. The most recent Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll shows him with just 1 percent of support from likely caucus-goers.

Jindal joins a dozen other Republicans in the race for the White House. Several more, including fellow Governors Chris Christie, John Kasich and Scott Walker are expected to join the race over the next several weeks.

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