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May 18, 2015 2:04 PM

Steinhauser: Louisiana Gov. Jindal moves closer to launching a 2016 presidential bid

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD – Bobby Jindal Monday took a big step towards running for the White House.

The two-term Republican governor of Louisiana announced the launch of a 2016 presidential exploratory committee. NH1 News was the first New Hampshire based news organization to report the announcement.

"For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the Presidency of our great nation. We'll make a final decision in June, after the legislative session in Louisiana ends,” Jindal said in a statement.

"President Obama has started to redefine the American Dream, turning it into the European Nightmare. Because of this, I believe our country is in serious trouble and that the hour is late for America. Economic collapse is much closer to the door than people realize, our culture is decaying at a rapid rate, and our standing in a dangerous world is at an all-time low,” he added.

"While other Republican leaders are talking about change, I've published detailed plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, rebuild America's Defenses, make America energy independent, and reform Education for our nation's children. So today I’m announcing the launch of an exploratory committee, which will help me to decide whether to seek our party's nomination,” Jindal said.

Jindal’s made frequent trips to the states that vote early in the primary and caucus calendar, including New Hampshire. Jindal was last in the first-in-the-nation primary state last month, around the major NHGOP cattle call of 2016 contenders.

A Jindal aide tells NH1 News that the Louisiana governor will be back in the Granite State May 28-29.

Jindal, who polls in the low single digits in national and Granite State surveys, will be considered a long shot to win the GOP nomination if he does launch a White House bid.


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