Baton Rouge voters react to Jindal's presidential announcement

Baton Rouge voters react to Jindal's Presidential announcement

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In Gov. Bobby Jindal's hometown of Baton Rouge, his announcement Wednesday that he is running for president fell overwhelmingly flat.

Many people on the streets of downtown said they will not vote for him.

"He's an embarrassment for the state of Louisiana," said Ronald Johnson. "I just don't see where Jindal has moved this state forward, let alone has the credentials to move America forward."

Johnson said he is frustrated with the governor due to cuts in public and higher education funding.

Many of those criticisms echoed familiar themes.

Carolyn Furlow said the presidential nominee travels too much while in the governor's mansion.

"As a governor he didn't spend enough time in Louisiana," she said.

The reviews were not all bad. Baton Rouge resident Frederick Sargent said he thinks it is great to have a "hometown boy" in the race.

He praised the governor's record of keeping tax rates low and helping increase job numbers in Louisiana.

"Our numbers here haven't been as bad as in other states," he said.

Still, a majority of the people we spoke to had more critiques than compliments.

Danielle Thomas says she think Jindal will struggle to win over younger voters as well as members of the African American and LGBT community.

"I don't think he'll have as much support from the black community that he'll need to win," she said.

On Twitter, the reactions to the announcement were just as negative.

"I have a better chance of winning than you," wrote Clay McBunch on Twitter

"You failed as governor the last few years after all the promise," tweeted Johnneal M.

The negative reviews of Jindal's announcement reflect his recent failing numbers in the polls. During his first years in office, he was considered a rising star of the GOP. Since then, his ratings have begun to tumble.

Just last week, a state-wide poll by MarblePort/Hayride found that Jindal would lose to Democrat Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical Election Day match-up.

If Jindal hopes to win the GOP primary, he has a long way to go. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll had him ranked at the bottom of a list of 16 Republican candidates.

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