Indian-American Bobby Jindal moves closer to announcing 2016 US presidential bid

Setting his sights on the White House, Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has formed an exploratory committee to look into the possibility of mounting a credible challenge as a Republican nominee for the 2016 US presidential bid.
Updated on May 19, 2015 01:25 PM IST
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Setting his sights on the White House, Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has formed an exploratory committee to look into the possibility of mounting a credible challenge as a Republican nominee for the 2016 US presidential bid.

If Jindal, 43, announces to go ahead with his plans, he would be the first ever Indian-American politician to run for a US presidential election. In doing so, he would join the already crowded Republican presidential aspirants.

Forming an exploratory committee is considered to be the first serious step toward a presidential bid. The Republican Governor, however, said he would make a final decision on a White House bid after his state's legislative session ends in mid-June.

"My parents came to this country over 40 years ago with nothing but the belief that America is the land of freedom and opportunity. They were right," Jindal said on his website announcing the formation of the Bobby Jindal Exploratory Committee.

"We must fight to make sure the next generation is not the first generation to inherit fewer opportunities than their parents. Will you join me?" Jindal asked on the home page of the website with the headline 'Ready'.

Jindal said that if he runs, his candidacy would be based on the idea the American people "are ready to try a dramatically different direction."

"If I run, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction. Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path," he said in a statement.

Jindal, a former congressman who started his career in public service as Louisiana's health secretary, also tried to strike a difference between himself and other Republican leaders by describing policy plans he has released on health care, defence, energy and education.

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