Gov. Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign

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Gov. Bobby Jindal this afternoon on Fox News, announcing he would be suspending his five-month-old presidential campaign.
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal this afternoon on Fox News, announcing he would be suspending his five-month-old presidential campaign.


With little notice, Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Fox News' Special Report With Bret Baier this afternoon to announce he was abandoning his bid for the presidency.

"I've come to the realization that this is not my time," he said.


Since announcing his candidacy at a June rally at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Jindal never managed to break out of the crowded GOP presidential candidate pack, regularly polling near the bottom and never managing to make it into one of the main nationally televised debates. His third-quarter fundraising totaled only $579,438.39, while his cash-on-hand total was $260,939.01. 

"Thank you to @BobbyJindal for being a conservative governor and running a campaign he should be proud of," tweeted Ben Carson, one of the GOP frontrunners. "Wishing the Jindal family well."

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, also at the bottom of the presidential pack, tweeted his best wishes: "Bobby Jindal has always been a strong voice for the conservative cause, served the people of LA well, & I wish him & his family all the best."

The governor was the third GOP candidate to drop out, following former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Perry put a photo of Jindal and Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson on his Instagram account, writing, "Bobby Jindal... great governor, standup friend, loyal American!! We've not seen the last of this serious public servant."

Jindal famously had announced his candidacy with a "hidden camera" video in which he told his children about the run. "What's your family's reaction to this whole experience?" Baier asked.

"I've been blessed by the best family you could ever have," Jindal said, citing his wife Supriya ("my best friend") and his three children, as well as his parents, who came to America from India in 1971, shortly before Jindal was born.

Supriya Jindal tweeted a photo of herself and her husband with the caption: "So proud of @BobbyJindal. #GeauxBobby".

Jindal demurred on the question of an endorsement, saying he would support the Republican candidate. "We better elect the right candidate," he told Baier, "so we can restore the American dream before it's too late."

STATEMENT FROM GOV. BOBBY JINDAL:

I cannot tell you what an honor it has been to run for President of the United States of America. My parents came to this country 45 years ago searching for freedom and a chance.

When I was born, we lived in student housing at LSU, and never in their wildest dreams did they think their son would have the opportunity to serve as Governor of Louisiana or to run for President.

They raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can. But this is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President.

Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity. We cannot settle for The Left’s view of envy and division. We have to be the party that says everyone in this country - no matter the circumstances of their birth or who their parents are – can succeed in America.

One of the things I will do is go back to work at the think tank I started a few years ago - where I will be outlining a blueprint for making this the American century.

We must show the way forward on growing our economy and winning the war against terror, and especially defeating radical Islam.

I realize that our country is off on the wrong track right now. Everyone knows that, but don’t forget, this is still the greatest country in the history of the world – and every single one of us should start every day by thanking God that we are fortunate enough to be US citizens.

Now is the time for all those Americans who still believe in freedom and American exceptionalism to stand up and defend it. The idea of America – the idea that my parents came here for almost a half a century ago - that idea is slipping away from us. Freedom is under assault from both outside our borders and from within. We must act now, we do not have a moment to spare.


Gov. Bobby Jindal's campaign website, an hour after he announced he was dropping his bid for the presidency.
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal's campaign website, an hour after he announced he was dropping his bid for the presidency.



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