- suspended campaign Nov. 17, 2015 -  






visits to 2nd Q 15

Jindal for President

Bobby Jindal  |  @bobbyjindal

...announced June 24, 2015
Office of Gov. Bobby Jindal

America Next

...501(c)(4) est. Oct. 2013 +
Believe Again

...pro-Jindal super PAC filed with the FEC on Jan. 22, 2015

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facebook: Bobby Jindal for President 2016


Conventional Wisdom
- Youth.
- Policy wonk.
- Record against increasing taxes.
- Strong appeal to social conservatives.
- There does not seem to be much grassroots support for a Jindal candidacy.
- He has been criticized for too much out of state travel.

Notes, Coverage and Speeches
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March 16, 2015 - American Action Forum.

June 21, 2014 - Road to Majority.
Sept. 16, 2014 - Jobs plan at the Heritage Foundation.
Sept. 26, 2014 - Values Voter Summit.
March 15, 2013 - CPAC 2013. Feb. 24, 2014 - Republican Governors Association Briefing. March 6, 2014 - CPAC 2014.

- Speech on Donald Trump at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Sept. 10, 2015.
- Announcement speech at Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA on June 24, 2015.
- Speech on radical Islam to the Henry Jackson Society in London, UK on Jan. 19, 2015.
- The FAMiLY Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA on Aug. 9, 2014.
Conservative Political Action Conference at Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD, March 6, 2014.
- "The Silent War on Religious LIberty" at the Ronald Reagan Library and Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley, CA, Feb. 13, 2014.

2015 -
Gov. Bobby Jindal focused much of his campaigning in Iowa.  From his first visit in Aug. 2013 to Nov. 2014, he made 27 visits totaling 74 days, ten more days than any other candidate (Rick Santorum tallied 64 days).  He was on track to achieve the "full Grassley" (visits to all of the state's 99 counties) and had another four-day visit on the calendar when on Nov. 17, 2015 he announced he was suspending his campaign.  "This is not my time," he stated (+). 

Jindal had appeared to be making little headway; he was relegated to all four "B" debates.  In one effort to get attention Jindal launched a full throated attack on Donald Trump in a Sept. 10 speech at the National Press Club.  On the policy front, on Oct. 7 he introduced a tax reform plan that "flattens the tax code and requires every American to have some skin in the game by paying something." (+)
  Jindal also had a new book, American Will (Threshold Editions), that came out on Oct. 20.

Developing a Campaign
Gov. Jindal was in the news from time to time throughout the first part of the year.  From Jan. 11-20 he ied an economic development mission to Europe (+).  In London on Jan. 19 he delivered a speech on radical Islam to the Henry Jackson Society; his remarks on "no-go" zones generated some controversy (+).  On Jan. 24, the same day the Iowa Freedom Summit drew many other Republican prospects to Des Moines, Jindal hosted a large prayer rally (+) in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at LSU in Baton Rouge.  "The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis," paid for by the American Family Association, was similar to a rally hosted by Gov. Rick Perry in Houston in Aug. 2011.   Protecting religious liberty has been a major theme for Jindal; on May 19 he signed an executive order "to protect religious liberty and prevent the state from discriminating against those with deeply held religious beliefs (+)."  Also on the policy front  Jindal's America Next issued another proposal on Feb. 9, this one on education reform (+).   On March 18 Jindal announced "a plan to remove Common Core from Louisiana and replace it with high-quality Louisiana standards (+)." 

Governing a state and considering a run for president at the same time poses significant challenges. 
On Feb. 23 The Advocate (Baton Rouge) reported that Jindal had "spent about 165 days — or 45 percent — of 2014 in places other than Louisiana."  Governing Louisiana has provided its share of headaches.  In late January news came that the state faced midyear budget cuts of $103.5 million and a projected budget shortfall for the next year of $1.6 billion.  Part of this was due to falling oil prices.  Jindal took a position opposing any tax increase; on Feb. 27 he released his budget plan for FY 2016, proposing a decrease in funding of $1.2 billion or 4.7 percent compared to the FY 2015 budget (+).  Two of the biggest elements of the plan are "reduction in expenses on certain refundable tax credits" saving $526 million and "department-by-department strategic reductions to the existing operating budget" saving approximately $415 million.  The debate over the budget proved very messy, but on June 11 the legislature concluded its session and Jindal was able to claim success in achieving a balanced budget without a tax increase (+).

While waiting for the legislative session to end, Jindal built towards an announcement, including travel to the early states and appearances in various "cattle show" events.  On Jan. 22 supporters formed a super PAC, Believe Again, chaired by former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston.  In March Jindal formed American Future Project, a section 527 organization, on May 18 he formed an exploratory committee (+), and on June 24 in New Orleans he announced his candidacy (+)." 

April 2, 2014 Sept. 16, 2014
Oct. 6, 2014
Feb. 9, 2015

2014 - America Next, Gov. Jindal's 501(c)(4), issued several policy proposals.  In April he presented "the conservative alternative to Obamacare" (+), in September "a jobs plan for America's future" based on affordable American energy (+), and in October a defense policy vision (+).  Jindal created a considerable stir with his announcement that he would pull Louisiana out of the Common Core standards.  Making the announcement on June 18 he stated, "We won’t let the federal government take over Louisiana’s education standards.  We’re very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from parents and educators." (+) Jindal made four visits totalling five days each to the key early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.  His PAC, former in March, raised and spent a modest amount, around a quarter of a million dollars.

2013 - In January, Gov. Jindal made waves on the policy front, announcing a bold plan to eliminate the corporate income tax, the personal income tax and the franchise tax, while expanding and raising the sales tax to keep the proposal revenue neutral.  The second week of March was a busy time for Jindal.  On March 10 he delivered a very well received speech at the Gridiron Club and Foundation Dinner in Washington, DC.  On March 14 he presented details of his tax proposal at a joint meeting of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee.  On March 15 he addressed CPAC, calling on conservatives to "reorientate our way of thinking."  Back in Louisiana, Jindal's tax reform proposal proved controversial and generated significant opposition and on April 8 he announced his decision to "park" the package.  Through 2013 Jindal served a term as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, being succeeded by Gov. Chris Christie on Nov. 21.  In October he announced formation of America Next, a 501(c)(4) based on the premise that "conservatives must be willing to demonstrate that we have the courage of our convictions by going on the offense in the war of ideas." 

Examples of Pre-Campaign and Campaign Communications

logo for Believe Again super PAC (Bobby Jindal aligned

logo for gov. bobby jindal's american future project
logo for Bobby Jindal's Believe Again PAC

logo for Bobby Jindal's 501(c)(4) America Next
TV ads
Believe Again (pro-Jindal super PAC)
"Earning it in Iowa" (Aug. 6, 2015 - TV ad, on Fox News in IA) >
"We're All Americans" (late June 2015 - TV ad, IA) >

Jindal for President
"Bobby Jindal 2016 Announcement Video" (June 25, 2015 - 3:47 video) >
America Next
"Gov Jindal: Sign the America Next Petition to Repeal Obamacare" (Feb. 2, 2015 - 0:52 video) >
The Response USA
"Governor Jindal's Invite" (Dec. 2014 - 1:18 video) >

Digital Ads
Jindal for PresidentAmerica Next
Believe Again (pro-Jindal super PAC)


Bobby Jindal.  Oct. 20, 2015.  AMERICAN WILL: The Forgotten Choices That Changed Our Republic.  New York: Threshold Editions [Simon & Schuster imprint]
"Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana...offers fourteen lessons from our nation’s past and discusses how they can be used to restore American courage, faith, and wisdom.  Jindal brings to life inspiring stories from our country’s past that have influenced his beliefs and the indispensable lessons each can teach us about our future. Stories such as the stalwart senator who galvanized the public against Hillary Clinton’s costly and oppressive socialist health-care proposal in the early 1990s; the entrepreneur whose dogged determination ushered in a worldwide energy revolution, and with it technological innovation and economic growth; and the Founding Father who refused to “lead from behind” and instead used his vision for the nascent nation’s vast potential and the best interests of its people to outwit a greedy dictator."

Bobby Jindal with Peter Schweizer and Curt Anderson.  Nov. 15, 2010.  LEADERSHIP AND CRISIS.  Washington, DC:
Regnery Publishing.
"In Leadership and Crisis, Governor Bobby Jindal divulges never-before-published details about not only the oil spill, but the  Obama administration’s incompetent handling of it. He also talks about his own inspiring story and how he has dealt with other crises of our times, from Hurricane Katrina to out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C.."

Early Articles
Tyler Bridges.  "Bobby Jindal's Troubles at Home."  Politico, Feb. 5, 2015.
Campbell Robertson.  "As Jindal's G.O.P. Profile Grows, So Do Louisiana Budget Woes."  The New York Tmes, Feb. 6, 2015.
Rod Dreher.  "How Bobby Jindal Wrecked Louisiana"  The American Conservative, Feb. 6, 2015.

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Bobby Jindal Exploratory Committee

...formed May 18, 2015
Friends of Bobby Jindal
American Future Project

...section 527 organization formed March 2015; first reported March 31, 2015
Believe Again PAC

...announced March 13, 2014

formerly thru Jan. 2015, Stand Up to Washington PAC [FEC]

  this page last revised November 18, 2015