Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has thrown his hat into the clown bus (to mix a metaphor or two) for the Republican presidential nomination. His odds aren’t good, to say the least. Two recent polls found a total of three people — not three percent, three people — supported him for president.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Wednesday he was running for the U.S. presidency in 2016, giving himself a mountain to climb from the bottom of a full pack of Republican candidates.
“My name is Bobby Jindal and I am running for President of the United States of America,” Jindal, who became the first person of Indian-American heritage to run for U.S. president, said on his website.
Jindal, 44, is scheduled to appear later on Wednesday in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner to formally announce his decision. His website featured videos of Jindal and his wife, Supriya, telling their three children that he was going to be a candidate and promising his daughter they would get a puppy if they moved to the White House.
Once seen as a rising Republican star, Jindal has struggled with a fiscal crisis and a slump in popularity in his home state and usually ranks near the bottom in polls of Republicans seeking the nomination for the November 2016 presidential election…The MarblePort/Hayride poll in Louisiana released last week was especially embarrassing for Jindal, showing more Louisianans back Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for president than Jindal by 44.5 percent to 42 percent.
The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found just one likely Republican primary voter — not 1 percent — out of 236 surveyed intended to back Jindal.
Another poll conducted by Suffolk University found just two New Hampshire Republicans out of 500 backed the Louisiana governor.
Republicans in the state complain Jindal spent too much time trying to court national attention while his state floundered.
Jindal is in last place in a Reuters/Ipsos online poll of 15 Republicans, drawing less than 1 percent. It could be difficult for him to be among the top 10 Republican candidates in national polling who will join the party’s first debate in Ohio in August.
Good luck, Bobby. You’re gonna need it. Hey, maybe they could hold a special debate for the candidates that don’t make the top ten to get into the first debate. All the back of the pack Republican candidates can debate Lincoln Chafee. Hell, throw in Vermin Supreme and Pat Paulson too.