‘Not my time’: Jindal ends his campaign

18 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign.

“It’s been a bizarre race,” Bobby Jindal’s chief campaign strategist, Curt Anderson, told reporters after the Louisiana governor dropped out of the Republican presidential contest Tuesday evening. “I don’t know that anyone else can explain it.” Referring to Donald Trump and Ben Carson — though without specifically mentioning the political neophytes by name — Anderson said anyone who “could’ve predicted” they would be the Republican frontrunners is “smarter than anyone else in the world.” Jindal, who struggled in the polls and in raising money during his five months running for president, had been mulling withdrawing from the contest for several weeks now, according to his top campaign aides. Bobby Jindal suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, saying he had “come to the realization that this is not my time.” The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal said that when his parents came to the United States 45 years ago, they told him he could accomplish anything in this country. The Braves drove us to distraction and brought “termination” to Frank Wren, the general manager who built them, by swinging big, missing big and spitting the bit in September. We’d better elect the right candidate so we can restore the American dream before it’s too late.” Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, became the 13th major Republican candidate to enter the presidential race on 24 June.

On Tuesday, he announced his withdrawal in an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News. “It’s not easy,” Anderson said of Jindal’s decision. “I mean, he’s a fighter and his instinct is to never give up. The 44-year-old Jindal, the nation’s first elected Indian-American governor, said he wasn’t ready to endorse another candidate, but intended to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee. The two-term governor had struggled to raise money and gain any traction in the race, consistently relegated to the lower undercard debates at each of the past four Republican debates.

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. He was once seen a rising Republican star, garnering national attention in 2009 when he delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s economic address to a joint- session of Congress. Not an easy decision, but that’s the decision he made.” During a conference call with reporters Tuesday night, Timmy Teepell, Jindal’s campaign manager, said the campaign assumed from the beginning that because the governor was a “strong debater…he would excel once he had a chance to compete in the debates.” But Jindal, because of low national poll numbers, never made it to the primetime stage with the top-tier candidates. Jindal focused his entire campaign effort on the early voting state of Iowa, first courting evangelical voters and then trying to broaden his appeal as a candidate with conservative policy plans that others weren’t offering. It’s time for a doer.” But Jindal may be best remembered for his sharp attacks on Trump, who Jindal described in one speech as “dangerous,” “a narcissist,” “an egomaniac,” “unserious” and a “gift” to the Democrats. “Chris, look,” Jindal memorably said at one point, “I’ll give you a ribbon for participation and a juice box.

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. It’s about actually cutting government spending, not just talking about cutting government spending.” Speaking of the 44-year-old Jindal’s future, Teepell said: “He was the youngest candidate running. And I don’t know exactly what he’ll do next, but I know that he will keep driving the debate.” Asked if Jindal would be interested in working for a potential Republican president in 2017, Anderson said: “I’m skeptical of his interest in being in an administration, but that’s just me.” “We’re all very proud to have worked for Gov.

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