Indian-American Bobby Jindal on Thursday projected himself as a “doer” among “talkers” as he kicked off his bid for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, vowing to build up America’s military, create free market and repeal President Barack Obama’s signature heathcare plan.

Jindal, the first Indian-American to make a major presidential bid, is the 13th Republican aspirant to target the White House in this election cycle.

“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 at a campaign launch event held in New Orleans.

The 44-year-old claimed 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.

“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.

He said he was running for president “to be somebody and do something. I will do the things that you cannot do in Washington. I will say the things you cannot say.”

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.”

Taking swipes at leaders of his own party, he said, “I am running for president without permission from headquarters in Washington DC.”

He also took jabs at Republican frontrunner Jeb Bush, for the his remark that he would be willing to lose some Republican primaries to help win the nomination.

“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.

If Republicans hid their conservative ideals, “we will lose again”, he warned.PTI



  • Jindal is the first Indian- American to make a major bid.

  • 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.

  • He is a former congressman who once led the state health agency and the University of Louisiana system.

  • Jindal, 44, joins the crowded field of Republican contenders in what even his supporters call a long-shot candidacy.