Indian-American Bobby Jindal on Wednesday announced his candidature for the 2016 US presidential elections, vowing to build up America’s military, create free market and repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan. A two-term Governor from Louisiana, Jindal is also the vice chairman of the powerful Republican Governors Association.
“My name is Bobby Jindal. I am Governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I’m running to be President of the greatest country in the world, the United States of America!” he said while launching a campaign event in New Orleans.
Jindal is the first Indian-American ever to enter the race of US presidential election. Besides, he is a first Indian American to have ever been elected as a Governor of a US State.
The 44-year-old claimed that he was a different kind of candidate and sought to dismiss opposition to his candidacy, saying he was running “without permission from headquarters”.
“My approach is different from most of the other people running to be president. The United States of America was made great by people who get things done, not lots of talk or entertaining speeches,” Jindal said in a seeming swipe at the opponents.
“There are a lot of great talkers running for president already. But none of them, not one, can match our record of actually shrinking the size of government. If great speeches helped our country, we’d be on easy street right now.
“The guy in the White House today, he’s a great talker. We’ve had enough of talkers. It is time for a doer,” he said in his address filled with goals and specific promises. Taking on President Barack Obama, he said the incumbent has “been trying to divide us…by gender, by race, by geography, and by religion.”
“We’re not hyphenated Americans anymore. We’re not African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Indian-Americans or rich and poor Americans,” he asserted.
The two-term Louisiana Governor highlighted his tenure in office, during which he downsized state government and fought for tax cuts, and advocated the repeal of Obamacare.
“They say we can’t really repeal or replace all of Obamacare, but I’m the only candidate who has written a replacement plan, a free market plan, that focuses on reducing cost. We can repeal Obamacare and we will repeal Obamacare.”
Apart from the opponent Democrats, Mr. Jindal also took a dig at the leaders of his own Republican party, he said, “I am running for president without permission from headquarters in Washington DC.”
“You’ve heard Jeb Bush say that we need to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general election. We’re going to help him do that,” he said amid laughter from the audience.
(With inputs from the PTI)