Bobby Jindal Is Running, Maybe 4 Years Too Late

Louisiana governor officially joins the race
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2015 12:32 PM CDT
Bobby Jindal Is Running, Maybe 4 Years Too Late
In this June 19 photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

There's always room for one more: "My name is Bobby Jindal, and I am running for President of the United States of America." So declared the Louisiana governor today. The 44-year-old Indian-American is low in most polls, however, and faces steep odds. One typical example of coverage: FiveThirtyEight calls him a strong candidate—if this were 2012. NPR, meanwhile, rounds up some odds and ends about him, including:

  • Given name: He was born Piyush Jindal in Louisiana, but asked to be called Bobby at age 4—after Bobby Brady of the Brady Bunch.

  • Rhodes scholar: He turned down Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School to attend Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and study health policy. He then ran his home state's health department at age 24.
  • Bad impression: He was a given a huge opportunity to make his name by delivering the GOP response to President Obama's first congressional address in 2009. Instead, he drew comparisons to Kenneth on 30 Rock.
Jindal will have a formal address later tonight, notes the Washington Post, which calls his chances "extraordinarily low" among the 12 other major GOP candidates (so far). His entry is no surprise, it adds:
  • "In the months leading up to his launch, Jindal tried to stand out from his GOP rivals by playing up his Catholic faith, being unusually hawkish on defense issues, and being unusually tough on fellow Republicans in Washington."
(Read more Bobby Jindal 2016 stories.)

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