Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana’s first non-white governor, announced on Wednesday that he is running for president in 2016, joining the crowded field of Republican candidates vying for the White House.
The 44-year-old Jindal said in his video announcement on Wednesday that he was “youngest candidate with the longest resume” – as a two-term governor and a former congressman who once led the state health agency during the George W. Bush’s administration.
Jindal’s announcement came two days after a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found him sharing the bottom of a list of 16 candidates.
Jindal, who assumed office in 2008, plans to appeal to Christian conservatives since he recently declared opposition to gay marriage and Islamic extremism.
Unpopular in his home state after a budget shortfall, Jindal’s chances of winning the GOP nomination seem pretty low.
There are already 12 other major Republican candidates and Jindal is running behind nearly all the others.
His approval rate in the state of Louisiana dropped sharply because of his way of handling the state’s budget woes as he nears the end of his term.