Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his candidacy for president of the United States Wednesday morning through a hidden-camera video taken of him and his wife, Supriya Jindal, discussing the potential run with their three children. Jindal is expected to bring the message to a bigger group Wednesday afternoon in Kenner, Louisiana, where he was expected to formally declare his run for higher office. Kenner is the sixth most populous city in Louisiana and a city in Jindal's former Congressional district. You can watch his announcement by clicking here at 5 p.m. EDT.
The 44-year-old Jindal was also expected to tout his executive experience as governor over the last seven and a half years. During that time, Louisiana has reportedly experienced job growth while Jindal adhered to a pledge not to raise taxes on Louisiana taxpayers, albeit through a method some viewed as a loophole.
I’m running for President of the United States of America. Join me: http://t.co/MmqB4kxpUq
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 24, 2015
Jindal, an Indian-American, is one of the younger candidates in the Republican field, which means he could become a thorn in the side of some of the other fresh faces on the national scene, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He also has some solid conservative credentials to run on: He signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes as governor, he's Christian and he's known for promoting limited and small government.
Still, winning the primary could prove to be an uphill battle for Jindal. He's joining a crowded Republican field that includes some well and lesser known names in his party, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Rubio, Walker, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Jindal is polling way behind the Republican slate of candidates, too. In an average of polls over the last month, Real Clear Politics placed Jindal last in a field of 15 candidates with less than 1 percent of the vote.
Jindal took over as Louisiana governor in 2008 and won reelection four years later. Before that he was the U.S. Congressman for Louisiana's first district. He held an appointed state office and a national office under President George W. Bush. He went to Brown University for his undergraduate degree. He is married to Supriya Jindal, and they have three children together. Originally Hindu, both Jindals are Catholic converts.