And then there were … 14?
It’s hard to keep track with a field of this size, but the Republican candidate pool just became less crowded by one. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced mere moments ago that he is suspending his campaign for president in 2016.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Jindal spoke of his parents who emigrated here from India and who always encouraged him to aim high in this land of opportunity.
And although the governor has achieved levels of recognition he never imagined possible, “Now,” he told Baier,”is not my time.”
Jindal never managed to gain the traction enjoyed by even the bottom tier of candidates on the GOP side. When he was asked by Baier why his campaign never took off, the governor explained that his team developed policy papers but that “in this crazy election season, the voter enthusiasm simply wasn’t there.”
The comment seemed to be an unsubtle dig at GOP front runner Donald Trump, whom many on the right and nearly everyone on the left regard as short on viable policy pronouncements.
More details will be provided as candidates still in the race share their reactions to the news of Jindal’s departure.