Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) has finally entered into the race for President. On Wednesday evening the Governor finally made it official when he announced his decision before a crowd at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana. The decision wasn’t a surprise, as Jindal has long been rumored to be entering the race, and he’s been operating as a candidate for months. In fact, the surprise may well be that it’s taken him this long to jump into the race at all. At this point Jindal is so far back in the pack that it may well be impossible for him to overcome the deficit.
He’s a fab candidate on paper — youth, an intriguing racial narrative, executive and legislative experience, and a wonky mind sharp enough to have earned even the left’s grudging respect. In a slightly different universe, he’s the clear frontrunner for the nomination.
In this universe, he’s an asterisk in the polls.
It’s all true. Jindal is a great candidate – he’s brilliant, he’s a solid conservative, he’s been both a Congressman and a Governor and has extensive experience in running both state and national healthcare systems. But alas, it doesn’t seem like this is to be perhaps Jindal just missed his window?
Whatever the case, Jindal is in now, you can see his speech below and also read a partial transcript.
This is a partial transcript – you can find the full transcript at TIME.
My name is Bobby Jindal, I am the Governor of the great state of Louisiana, and I am running for President of the greatest country in the world – the United States of America.
We had to believe in Louisiana Again. And that is exactly what we did.
We reformed our ethics laws. We went from one of the worst states to one of the best.
We privatized our outdated government-run hospital system, we reformed education, with nearly 100% charter schools in New Orleans. And now we have statewide school choice – because every child deserves an equal opportunity for a great education.
Instead of the child following the dollars … we make the dollars follow the child … because we trust parents not bureaucrats to make the best decisions for our kids.
We did what they said could not be done – we shrank our government. We cut our budget by 26%. We cut the number of government bureaucrats by more than 30,000.
It was not easy, the big government crowd fought us every step of the way. They protested. They filibustered. They even took us to court. But we won.
Today we have more people moving into Louisiana than out of it, our highest population in history. Our kids are coming home.
And now we have more people working than at any time in our state’s history, with the highest incomes in our state’s history. A job for your family and a paycheck in your mailbox are the ultimate proof your state is doing things right.
Here’s the key difference – the Democrats evaluate success in terms of the prosperity of government. We define success in terms of the prosperity of our people.
My approach is different from most of the other people running for President.
The United States of America — was made great by people who get things done. Not lots of talk or entertaining speeches. 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. If great speeches helped our country, we would be on easy street right now. The guy in the White House today is a great talker, and we have a bunch of great talkers running for President. We’ve had enough of talkers, it’s time for a doer. I’m not running for president to be somebody, I’m running for President to do something.
It’s easy to talk about the mess that Obama has made of our country. Every American knows about it, and every Republican candidate talks about it.
That’s not even half of what we should expect of the next President. We owe voters more than just a tirade about the problem – we owe them honesty about our solution.
I will do the things that you cannot do in Washington, and say the things you cannot say.
I served two terms in Congress so I can tell you how it works in Washington — If you want to be with the cool kids, be liked by the media, and be invited to cocktail parties, you have to accept that there are things in Washington you just cannot do.
They say you cannot reduce the size of government or the number of bureaucrats. Oh, you may be able to cut the rate of increase here and there. But they say you cannot actually cut government spending. But we can, and we will.
They say the 18 trillion dollar national debt can’t really be addressed, and it’s just part of doing business, so it’s better not to talk about it. But we can and we will.
They know Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt, but they are afraid to do anything about it, so they deny the math and pretend everything is fine. But we can reform and save these programs and we will.
In Washington they say term limits is a quaint idea that we are naive to believe in. They think we need a permanent class of elites. It’s safer to not rock the boat. But we can rock the boat, and we will.
In Washington they know that the voters want the border secured, but they refuse to do it. But you and I can, and we will.
Finally…. They say we can’t really repeal and replace all of Obamacare. But I am the only candidate who has written a replacement plan, a free market plan that focuses on reducing costs. We can repeal Obamacare and we will.
But today’s Republican Party in Washington has been beaten into submission and is increasingly afraid to speak the truth. It’s time to say what everyone is thinking — the emperors in Washington are not wearing any clothes.
In case it’s not clear by now, I’m running for President without permission from headquarters in Washington D.C. But rest assured — I’m tanned, rested, and ready for this fight.
Let’s do something new, let’s endorse our own principles for a change and boldly speak the truth without fear.
As Republicans, we’ve already tried to appease the Left, to make the media like us better, to talk in politically correct language, to hide some of our beliefs by calling them distractions. We’ve tried to mask our conservative ideals, and we have failed.
Every Republican will say they are for school choice, shrinking government, cutting the government workforce, and getting rid of Common Core. But talk is cheap. Talk is just talk. I haven’t just talked about doing these things, I’ve actually done these things.
Every Republican will say they will fight to protect the unborn, repeal Obamacare, secure the border, and destroy ISIS. I won’t simply talk about these things, I will do these things.
It’s time to level with the American people. This President, and his apprentice-in-waiting Hillary Clinton, are leading America down the path to destruction. Economically, culturally, and internationally. But the most devastating thing they have tried to do is redefine the American Dream.
Instead of the dream being to have opportunity and freedom to control your own destiny and make your own way, their dream is for the government to take care of you and make people dependent on the government. We want to guarantee equal opportunity, but they want to guarantee equal outcomes.
The simple fact is they are trying to turn the American Dream into socialism. The folks in Washington may call that the American Dream, but out here in America, we call that the European Nightmare.
To be clear, we are not simply trying to reclaim the past, no, quite to the contrary, we are laying our claim on the future, a future where America leads the world.
This is not a cause any of us can resist. It is our destiny, it is our mission. As America goes, so goes the world. We are the light of freedom in a dark world, and it’s time we start acting like it.
I will not be intimidated from talking about the fact that radical Islam is evil and must be destroyed.
Containment is a strategy for losers. But as General George S. Patton famously observed – “Americans play to win all the time.”
Americans don’t play to lose. President Obama has it wrong, Secretary Clinton has it wrong, our allies need to trust us. Our enemies need to fear us. It’s time we play to win again.
As President I’ll have four objectives:
I will secure our borders;
I will replace Obamacare with a health care system that focuses on reducing costs and restoring freedom;
I will grow the private sector economy by shrinking the size, scope, and reach of the federal government;
And I will rebuild America’s defenses and restore our standing on the world stage.
I’m not asking you to simply join my campaign, I’m asking you to join a cause.
If you are looking for a candidate who will politely manage America’s descent into mediocrity, I’m not your man.
But… if you are chasing a dream and looking for a land where the people are free, and the opportunities are real, I’m asking you to believe.
My dad told me as a young kid that Americans can do anything. I believed him then, and I believe it now.
I know that in your heart you believe it too, I am asking you to Believe again.
Believe in what we can do. Believe in what America can do.
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