Jindal launches 2016 campaign by blasting big government
NEW ORLEANS - With Garth Brooks blaring behind him, Governor Bobby Jindal charged into his first speech as a 2016 presidential candidate by blasting big government, Democrats in Washington, and even his own party.
In his first speech as a presidential candidate Jindal touted his record of cuts as governor, noting he cut the state budget by 26 percent and the number of "government bureaucrats" by 30,000. He called the current Republican party "beaten into submission," and promised to "rock the boat" by doing things in Washington he said nobody else had the will to do.
"They think we need a permanent class of elites. It's safer to not rock the boat. But we can rock the boat, and we will," he said.
Jindal faces an uphill battle for the GOP nomination, polling at less than one percent in a crowded field of 13 Republican potentials so far. He's made frequent trips to early battleground states like Iowa, and has a full schedule of national TV appearances with plans to head out of the state after his speech Tuesday.
The governor used his position to declare himself an outsider, taking potshots at establishment Republicans alongside President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner.
"I'm not running for president to be somebody, I'm running for President to do something," he said.
News 2 will have more complete coverage of Jindal's presidential campaign kickoff on tonight's broadcasts.