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Jindal says he will make 'major announcement' on presidential plans on June 24

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Political analysts predicted months, years ago in fact, that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal would run for president, but now, the governor has confirmed he will soon make a major announcement regarding the 2016 presidential election.

Jindal's exploratory committee advisor said the announcement will be made on June 24.

"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," Jindal said in a written release. "I'm pleased to say that we will announce our final decision on June 24th in New Orleans. If I decide to announce on June 24th that I will seek the Republican nomination for President, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction. We don't need just small changes, we need a dramatically different path."

Jindal launched the exploratory committee earlier this month and has already assembled a finance team-in-waiting.

Analysts say the two-term governor is a long-shot contender for the 2016 GOP nomination, though.

He's recently been featured in negative headlines about the state's budget crisis.

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