BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal used Twitter to announce he is running for President in 2016.
In a blog post attached to the tweet, Gov. Jindal notes :
My name is Bobby Jindal, and I am running for President of the United States of America. There were three people I think you would agree my wife Supriya and I had to tell first.
Jindal is candidate No. 13 vying for the Republican nomination.
Jindal formed an exploratory committee in May and announced he and his wife, Supriya, were praying about what their future would hold.
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.
Jindal made his announcement twice Wednesday, breaking the news first on Twitter in the morning and then in the afternoon to a crowd at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
"I'm asking you to join a cause. If you're looking for a candidate who will politely manage America's dissent and a mediocrity, I'm not your man," said Jindal. "But, if you are chasing a dream, looking for a land where the people are free and the opportunities are real, I am asking you to believe.
"My dad told me as a young child that Americans can do anything. I believed it then and I believe it now. I know in your heart, you believe it too. I am asking you to believe again. Believe in what we can do, believe in what America can do. Thank you. May God bless you. May God bless the United States of America."