Gov. Bobby Jindal announced last week that he plans to make his bid for president official when he heads to New Orleans later this month. According to Politco.com, Jindal adviser Timmy Teepell said that at an event in New Orleans June 24, Jindal will announce his intention to receive the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Within a day of the announcement, a Facebook event ("Protest Bobby Jindal Presidential Announcement") had gathered a few dozen supporters — and almost 600 people had clicked "attending" as of Gambit's press time.
Last month, Jindal formed a presidential exploratory committee — dubbed the "Bobby Jindal Exploratory Committee" — with plans to host two events on June 27, the week of Jindal's New Orleans event. One is a fundraiser (with tickets costing $2,700) at the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge, and the other is a reception at the Governor's Mansion with LSU Tigers coach Les Miles and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. In a statement last month, Jindal said that if he decides to run, his candidacy "will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction. Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path."
"While other Republican leaders are talking about change," he said, "I've published detailed plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, rebuild America's defenses, make America energy independent, and reform education for our nation's children."