Bobby Jindal drops out of US presidential race
Washington: Saying “This is not my time,” Louisiana’s Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindaal has abruptly dropped out o the 2016 US presidential race. Announcing his decision on Fox News Tuesday evening, Louisiana-born son of Indian immigrant parents from Punjab, Jindal, 44, said: “They raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can.” “I don’t think in a million years they would have ever imagined that I’d be governor or one day I’d be running for president of the United States,” he said. Asked why his candidacy didn’t take off, Jindal said: “We spent a lot of time developing detailed policy papers, and given this crazy, unpredictable election season, clearly there just wasn’t a lot of interest in those policy papers.” He is the third Republican to suspend his campaign, after former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped out earlier this year. Asked who would be the Republican nominee, Jindal told CNN, “It’s not going to be Trump. It’ll be somebody else.” an upcoming summit of Group of 20 economies, the White House said on Tuesday. “It’d be impossible to travel all the way over there and not spend some time thinking about and talking about our ongoing effort to degrade and ultimately destroy IS,” Xinhua quoted the White House spokesman Josh Earnest as saying. “So I would anticipate that would be part of the President’s visit,” he said.