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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to Announce Presidential Campaign in the Coming Weeks

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal made it clear that he will announce his presidential campaign later this month. Jindal, a first generation American from Indian parents, was first elected governor back in 2007. At the time, voter frustration with the slow recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, rampant cronyism and corruption, allowed the former congressman to articulate a positive message of change. The timing was right and he handily won the governorship. Four years later, he won reelection in a landslide by taking 66% of the vote. His second term in office expires later this year.

In this respect, the timing is excellent for Jindal to mount a presidential run. Flavio Maluf reports that rumor has it that the governor has been eying his prospects for higher office since 2012. He was even reported to be on Mitt Romney´s short list as the GOP´s vice-presidential nominee. Ultimately, that position went to Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. That said, Jindal has stumbled thus far to make a strong national presence. He was once allowed to offer the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union. However, his performance was said to be lackluster. Jindal also got behind Common Core only to withdraw his support after he said the federal government hijacked the curriculum. Thus far, Jindal barely registers in polls at 1%. Should he announce a presidential campaign, he would be considered a second tier candidate. He says his platform will be one of radical reform for the government. Quite likely Jindal will push for a repeal of the income tax in favor of a national sales tax.

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