Jindal makes presidential run official
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal made his future plans official just before noon Wednesday, posting online that he was running for president.
The governor previously scheduled a 4 p.m. "Geaux Bobby" event outside New Orleans to make his announcement. It's the job he's wanted for a long time, and he's been preparing for it over the past few weeks with several trips to key political states across the country.
Many people in the state have been unhappy with Governor Jindal because they've seen this day coming. Over the past few months Jindal has been criticized by people who think he's been focusing on his presidential campaign, rather than his duties as governor.
Jindal is currently polling near zero percent among the other possible GOP candidates. Just last month he formed a presidential exploratory committee to help gauge the pros and cons of a potential run at The White House. Back in January, Jindal supporters launched the "Believe Again" political action committee to help fund a possible run.
Local experts say the national attention will bring Jindal under scrutiny for the financial state of Louisiana and his education reforms.
"He inherited a billion dollar surplus, and he's leaving the state with a billion dollar deficit," said political analyst, Bob Mann. "Every year that he was governor the state's fiscal affairs were a mess, and he's leaving without the ability to fix the problem."
Mann and other local experts say Governor Jindal needs to find a way to set himself apart from the rest of the GOP candidates. Right now there are 12 Republican candidates, and only four Democratic candidates.
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