Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Monday took a big step towards a presidential bid.
He’s forming a campaign exploratory committee, and plans to announce after his state’s legislature leaves next month whether he’ll seek the Republican presidential nomination.
On his committee website, Jindal emphasizes his roots. His parents were immigrants from India.
“My parents came to this country over 40 years ago with nothing but the belief that America is the land of freedom and opportunity. They were right,” he says.
“We must fight to make sure the next generation is not the first generation to inherit fewer opportunities than their parents.”
According to TheAdvocate.com, Jindal said Monday, “For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the presidency of our great nation.”
He added that “If I run, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction. Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path.”
Jindal, 43, now in his second term as governor, has been far down in most Republican presidential polls. He’s positioned himself as friendly to the party’s religious right. He’s also regarded as an expert on health care issues.