Bobby Jindal ends presidential bid

18 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Louisiana Gov. Jindal ends bid for GOP nomination in 2016.

Bobby Jindal has dropped out of the 2016 race for president, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support among Republicans sifting through a long list of contenders for the GOP nomination. Term-limited and out of office in January, Jindal said he will work with a think tank he started a few years ago, called America Next, to devise what he called “a blueprint for making this the American century.” “Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity.

The nation’s first elected Indian-American governor, Jindal focused his entire campaign effort on Iowa, first courting evangelical voters and then trying to broaden his appeal as a candidate with conservative policy plans that others weren’t offering. He also was saddled with low approval ratings and criticism about his governing back in Louisiana, which followed him as he campaigned for the White House. She said the Louisiana governor was damaged by a debate process that used national polling, rather than early state polling, to determine who appeared on the main stages. “He had solutions, not just talking points,” said Scott, who is remaining neutral in the race. “To me this is very sad that we are losing one that really resonated well with Iowans when they got to hear him.” Shane Vander Hart, author of a conservative Iowa blog who recently endorsed Jindal, also expressed disappointment, saying Jindal was getting good reaction in Iowa, though he struggled to gain traction in the polls. Timmy Teepell, Jindal’s campaign manager and longtime political adviser, said the governor was heading home to Louisiana to announce his plan for closing a $490 million budget deficit before traveling the state as he wraps up his tenure in office.

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