Jindal not ruling himself out of 2016 presidential race

Washington, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 27 October 2013, 10:48 PM

Indian-American Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal on Sunday created suspense and said he might enter in the presidential race in 2016.

"Well, the honest answer, I don't know what I'm going to do in 2016," Jindal told Fox News when asked about whether he would run for the White House in 2016 elections.

"But you're not ruling it out, are you?" Jindal was asked. "No. I'm saying at this point, I don't know, and I think it's too early," the 42-year-old said.

"What I'm going to be focused on is winning that war of ideas, that debate of ideas. Let's go win that fight, then we'll deserve to be a majority party," Jindal said in response to a question.

Jindal, who recently launched "America Next" which many consider is part of his presidential aspirations, said the next task of the Republican party is to win the upcoming mid-term elections rather than focusing on 2016 elections.

"As Republicans, we've got a lot of elections we've got to win before then -- 38 governors' races, we've got the mid-term elections," he said.

"But I'd also say this. What's even more important than who's running is what we would do if we were to win the majority back, win the White House back. That's why America Next is so important," he said.

"This is not going to be a Super PAC, it's not going to be about ads, it's going to be about policies, detailed policies," Jindal said.

"We must stick to our conservative principles. We can't just be the party of no, let's offer a constructive alternative about how young people, about how every American can pursue the American Dream, how prosperity lies in a  growing private sector, not a larger government, not more government programmes we can't afford," he said.

First Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:47 PM
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