Bobby Jindal’s entry makes 13 GOP candidates (so far) in race for president

By Lynn R. Mitchell

And then there were thirteen.

Today Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal threw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race.

I’ve got to admit it was a surprise when I learned last night that Jindal planned to make his announcement today because, even though he had made noises in the past of considering a run, it was not something I had heard recently. Maybe I just wasn’t listening in the right places.

Irregardless, he’s in as the GOP field continues to grow. According to the Washington Post (see Bobby Jindal announces entry into 2016 presidential race), his planned Wednesday afternoon announcement was scooped by himself when he posted on Twitter: “I’m running for President of the United States of America. Join me:

Who will be next? I’m hearing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be planning to announce next week. Stay tuned….

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One thought on “Bobby Jindal’s entry makes 13 GOP candidates (so far) in race for president

  1. Riley says:

    Still waiting on Kasich and Walker to get in as well. Other than those two and Christie, the only other name I’ve heard floated is Gilmore.

    I think the networks are going to have real problems if they don’t allow two-term (or three in some instances) governors of large states to participate in the debates because they don’t reach the top 10 in polls.

    Say what you want about George Pataki, but he governed the then-second largest state in America for 12 years (including during the 9/11 attacks), yet under the network debate standards he wouldn’t qualify. I wouldn’t vote for him for president (full disclosure, I did vote for him for governor and did op research against Mario Cuomo on his behalf), but I think he brings an important perspective and a pretty impressive resume to the table.

    LIkewise, Fiorina, Santorum, Kasich, Graham and Jindal currently wouldn’t qualify for the debates. So potentially the current / former governors of NY, OH and LA wouldn’t be included.

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