BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal formed an exploratory committee Monday morning to assist him in deciding whether to seek the Republican Party nomination for President.
One political analyst tells 9News it's a safe bet that Jindal will run for president.
The announcement comes in the middle of session, as lawmakers are trying to close the state's $1.6 billion deficit.
"I think he would already have been in the race had it not been for the legislative session," said political analyst Jim Engster. "He's got some heavy lifting to do in the next few weeks, and of course lawmakers can be treacherous. He doesn't want to deal with any kind of controversy involving legislative squabbles while he's running for president."
The move comes as no surprise to Engster.
It's been well noted lately of Jindal's frequent out-of-state travel. He's also been making a lot of public appearances on talk shows. An effort, analysts say, to put his name out there in a crowded field of Republican candidates.
Speaking about the committee launch, Governor Jindal said:
"For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the Presidency of our great nation. We'll make a final decision in June, after the legislative session in Louisiana ends.
"If I run, my 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.
"President Obama has started to redefine the American Dream, turning it into the European Nightmare. Because of this, I believe our country is in serious trouble and that the hour is late for America. Economic collapse is much closer to the door than people realize, our culture is decaying at a rapid rate, and our standing in a dangerous world is at an all-time low.
"However, the problems caused by 7 years of weak leadership and mistakes in the Obama administration can be corrected. But they won't be fixed by just sending Republicans to Congress. It will only be fixed by a President who is willing to make hard decisions and who has the ideas to change our country's future.
"While other Republican leaders are talking about change, 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.
"So today I'm announcing the launch of an exploratory committee, which will help me to decide whether to seek our party's nomination."
The Exploratory Committee can be found at www.bobbyjindal.com.
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