BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lucky number 13, Governor Bobby Jindal is the newest candidate to join the presidential race.
From his announcement speech, he's not intimidated by the wide field.
"To be sure, there are a lot of great talkers running for President already. But none of them, not one, can match our record of actually shrinking the size of government," said Jindal at his kickoff event.
Political experts say he will need a fighting spirit to carve out his portion of the national spotlight.
"Most people consider him the longest of the long shots," said national political pollster Ron Faucheaux.
"I'm going to say this slowly so that even Hillary Clinton can understand it. America did not create religious liberty, religious liberty created the United States of America," said Jindal.
Faucheaux says appealing to the evangelical base may not be enough to overcome other GOP candidates who are more well-known and better financed like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.