Jindal expected to announce presidential run

Gov. Jindal expected to announce presidential run Wednesday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Despite what many political observers believe will be a tough battle, Gov. Bobby Jindal is widely expected to announce Wednesday that he is entering the race for president.

While event plans were being finalized Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Moon Griffon spoke to Baton Rouge Republicans at Cafe Americain.

"Gov. Jindal had opportunities; he just passed up on them," said Griffon, host of The Moon Griffon Show. "He was never here to do the job he was elected to do. We had eight years, eight years to get it right. And, I, like probably a lot of people in here, felt like when Jindal came in he was going to be the leader to do it."

Jindal's approval rating is the lowest it's been in his eight-year tenure. On the national outlook, it's a similar story. Should he jump into a crowded Republican field for president, Jindal will be toward the bottom.

With the greatest fiscal crisis in a quarter-century now behind him, Jindal has put together a new staff ahead of the big announcement.

One of those key players is Kyle Plotkin, his former chief of staff. Plotkin said the governor's team would not arrive in Kenner until Wednesday. Plotkin would not do an interview Tuesday, but Jindal did speak to FOX News Channel on Monday at the governor's mansion.

"I think the country needs a big change," Jindal said in the interview that aired Tuesday morning on FOX News. "I don't think we need talkers. I think we need a doer. I think we need somebody who's going to rescue this country from its current path to socialism."

Jindal's announcement is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

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