Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to take decision on presidential run after November polls

Jindal’s name is at the bottom of presidential hopefuls, according to new poll.

By The American Bazaar Staff

NEW YORK: Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal says he’s thinking and praying about running for president in 2016, and will make his decision after the November elections, reported the Christian Science Monitor.

Jindal, whose name is at the bottom of the heap of GOP presidential hopefuls in a new CNN/ORC poll in New Hampshire, is not deterred by the lack of faith in him.

“If I were to decide to run for 2016, it would have nothing to do with polls or fundraising,” he told reporters at a Monitor breakfast meeting.

Rather, his decision-making process would be much like the ones he used in deciding to run in other races – for Louisiana governor in 2003 (he lost), for the US House in 2004 (he won), and again for the governorship in 2007 (he won and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2011): “Do I think I can make a difference, do I think I have something unique to offer?”

Jindal also blasted the Obama administration for what he sees as getting in the way of US energy production, said the report. He called the administration “science deniers” – a twist on the usual phrase that the White House uses for those who don’t recognize man-made climate change.

He accused the administration of continuing to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canada to the US Gulf Coast – despite the State Department finding that the pipeline would have no material impact on the environment. He also cited carbon-emission regulations that he said would export jobs in carbon-heavy industries to other countries, causing emissions there to increase.

Jindal said he does believe the globe is warming and he thinks human activity plays a role in that. But how big that role is should be “left to scientists” to litigate, the Monitor report said.

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