Bobby Jindal lagging in race but popular on social media

RSTV Bureau

Bobby-Jindal-2First ever Indian-American to run for the US presidential elections Bobby Jindal may be lagging in the crowded race of his Republic party candidates, but is certainly one of the most talked about candidate on the internet social media.

The 44-year old Republican leader is currently faring at 13th position among crowded 17 Republican presidential candidates. However, that hasn’t spoilt his popularity on the Facebook.

According to social networking website, Facebook, Jindal had 2.1 million people making 4.9 million interactions about him that has made him 10th most talked about Republican presidential candidate. Real Estate baron Donald Trump is topping the list at present followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Jindal, on Wednesday had missed out on the first televised Republican presidential debate featuring top 10 party candidates, a list led by businessman Donald Trump. The Louisiana Governor ranked 13th in the standings for the debate as calculated by Fox News, the sponsor of the prime time event, based on an average of five recent polls. Only 10 Republican candidates with the highest national poll numbers were invited for the debate on Thursday.

However, Jindal impressed some political analysts at the Fox News debate for those who could not make it to the top 10.

“I think the American people are looking for real leadership. That’s what I’ve done in Louisiana, that’s what I’ll do in America,” Bobby Jindal said in his opening remarks at the debate held by Fox News in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday.

“I’ve got the backbone, I’ve got the band width, I’ve got the experience to get us through this. I’m asking folks not just to join my campaign, but join a cause. It is time to believe in America again,” he said concluding his hour long debate.

The Louisiana Governor used the occasion to take on not only US President Barack Obama but also his other top Republican opponents.

“We’ve already got a great talker in the White House. We cannot afford four more years of on the job training. We need a doer, not a talker. We also need a nominee, a candidate who will endorse our own principles,” he added.

Though lagging in the televised debate, recent polls have tipped Jindal on 4th rank, claiming that the first ever Indian-American candidate has been attracting quite a sizable crowd in this State.

(With inputs from the PTI)