The Indian American says he will go back to work at the think tank that he started.
By Raghavendra M
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday that he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after a clash with Governor Chris Christie, who dominated the last Republican presidential undercard debate.
“This is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President.” Jindal said in a statement posted on his campaign website.
Jindal, 44, who will be completing his second term as governor at the end of this year, said that he would go back to work at the think tank that he started a few years ago.
With Jindal quitting, Christie and Ohio’s John Kasich remain as the only two sitting governors in the race.
An Indian American, Jindal said that his parents, who came to the US 45 years ago, “never in their wildest dreams did they think their son would have the opportunity to serve as Governor of Louisiana or to run for President”.
He said that his parents raised him to believe Americans can do anything, which enabled him to reach this height. However, the nation is losing its spirit now, he added.
“Now is the time for all those Americans who still believe in freedom and American exceptionalism to stand up and defend it. The idea of America – the idea that my parents came here for almost a half a century ago – that idea is slipping away from us”, he said.
During the debate, Jindal had argued that Republicans needed to nominate a real conservative than a moderate streak for the White House.
Reiterating his stand, he said in the statement, “We must show the way forward on growing our economy and winning the war against terror, and especially defeating radical Islam”.
He also called for action saying that, “Now is the time for all those Americans who still believe in freedom and American exceptionalism to stand up and defend it”.
“The idea of America — the idea that my parents came here for almost a half a century ago — that idea is slipping away from us. Freedom is under assault from both outside our borders and from within. We must act now, we do not have a moment to spare”, he added.