Political analyst: 'No doubt' Jindal will announce he is running for president

Political analysts expect Jindal to announce he is running for president

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is anticipated, on Wednesday, to announce he is running to become the next president of the United States.

"There's no doubt," said Jim Engster, political analyst. "He's got his team in place. He has all the tell-tale signs of a candidate running for president."

Jindal formed an exploratory committee in May and announced he and his wife, Supriya, were praying about what their future would hold.

"Whenever a candidate says he's praying that he's going to run, God invariably says, 'Yes.' Governor Jindal is a go. He's in the race. He has a big field and in some ways, he thinks that helps him," Engster explained.

In 2007, Jindal became the first Indian-American elected as governor of a state. He was the second Indian-American elected to Congress. Prior to Congress, he served as the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

If he announces a run for office, Jindal will be candidate No. 13 vying for the Republican nomination.

"Many of them are better known than he is and some of them have the capacity to suck the oxygen out of the room or slap the other candidates around with their wallets, like Donald Trump. Governor Jindal has a herculean task and the question is if he has enough muscle in that 140-pound body of his to get to the top of the heap," Engster added.

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

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