“My name is Bobby Jindal, and I am running for President of the United States of America.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has announced that he is running for president in 2016.
Jindal made his initial entry into the race via Twitter, ahead of the formal announcement Wednesday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. The Twitter post included a video of him and wife, Supriya, telling their children of his plans to run for office.
Jindal, 44, was the nation’s first Indian American governor and is the first Indian-American presidential candidate. Jindal spoke to the crowd of about 1,000 against the backdrop of an oversized American flag.
He touted his tenure as Louisiana’s governor and outlined his plans for the White House.
“My approach is different from most of the other people running for President,” he said. “The United States of America – was made great by people who get things done. Not lots of talk or entertaining speeches. To be sure, there are a lot of great talkers running for President already. But none of them, not one, can match our record of actually shrinking the size of government. If great speeches helped our country, we would be on easy street right now. The guy in the White House today is a great talker, and we have a bunch of great talkers running for President. We’ve had enough of talkers; it’s time for a doer. I’m not running for president to be somebody, I’m running for President to do something.”
Jindal, whose run as governor of Louisiana expires in January 2016, said his objectives as president are to secure the borders, replace Obamacare with a health care system “that focuses on reducing costs and restoring freedom,” grow the private sector economy by “shrinking the size, scope, and reach of the federal government,” and rebuilding “America’s defenses and restore our standing on the world stage.”
“I’m not asking you to simply join my campaign, I’m asking you to join a cause,” Jindal said. “If you are looking for a candidate who will politely manage America’s descent into mediocrity, I’m not your man. But… if you are chasing a dream and looking for a land where the people are free, and the opportunities are real, I’m asking you to believe.”
Jindal becomes the 13th Republican candidate to join the presidential race. For more information, visit www.bobbyjindal.com.