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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces presidential bid

Posted at 12:50 PM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-24 12:50:12-04

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his bid for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination Wednesday, using social media to make his decision official just hours before he will host a kickoff rally.

“I’m running for President of the United States of America. Join me,” Jindal tweeted, with a link to his website’s announcement page.

Before officially revealing his plan, Jindal named a campaign team and outlining strategy.

The 44-year-old, two-term governor entered the GOP nomination race without the national prominence of some of the dozen rivals in the competitive field.

But strategist Curt Anderson says Jindal will promote himself as “the youngest candidate with the longest resume,” highlighting an extensive background in public policy and government.

Anderson and Timmy Teepell — who’s becoming campaign manager — say Jindal will continue to court evangelical voters and focus on his reputation as an ideas man.