Bobby Jindal drops out of United States presidential race

Bobby Jindal drops out of United States presidential race

It may be difficult to recall at this point, but there was once a time when Bobby Jindal was a rising star in the Republican firmament - a charismatic policy wonk who could broaden his party's appeal to minority voters in the age of Obama. He will be out of office in January.

Jindal does not know what his next job will be but he said he will continue to work with America Next, the think tank he created. "I've come to the realisation that this is not my time", he said, as he announced the decision to suspend his campaign.

Jindal made his announcement after he remained a lower contender in the 2016 presidential race, participating in the junior debates throughout the election.

Announcing his decision on Fox News Tuesday evening, Louisiana-born son of Indian immigrant parents from Punjab, Jindal, 44, said: "They raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can".

The US government had contracted a state-level organization, the Catholic Charities of Louisiana to settle refugees there, Cain said, and the head of the state police, Col Mike Edmonson, had spoken with Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond.

Regarding Jindal, Trump said on Fox, "I think he's a nice guy". I think we have to be serious about winning this war on radical Islamic terrorism.

Shane Vander Hart, author of a conservative Iowa blog who recently endorsed Jindal, also expressed disappointment, saying Jindal was getting good reaction in Iowa, though he struggled to gain traction in the polls.

"Everybody is nasty to me because they want to get votes".

During the press conference, Jindal would not say if higher education and health care would face more cuts, but later his staff said their plan includes no layoffs or further cuts to colleges and universities. "We're not going to endorse or get involved in the governor's race".

But he never won much support, and he faced a cash crunch, wrapping up the last fund-raising period with $261,000 on hand.

Voters will select Jindal's successor Saturday, choosing between Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Republican U.S. Sen.


Moreover, Jindal has become unpopular in his home state, where a recent poll found him losing to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a theoretical head-to-head presidential matchup.