KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal officially announced Wednesday that he will be running for the President of the United States in 2016. He made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.
Jindal is candidate No. 13 vying for the Republican nomination.
The tweet comes ahead of an in-person announcement scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
In a blog attached to Jindal's tweet, he states:
"My name is Bobby Jindal, and I am running for President of the United States of America. There were three people I think you would agree my wife Supriya and I had to tell first."
Political analysts have speculated for months that Jindal would run for the nation's highest office. On May 18, Jindal announced a campaign exploratory committee to formally evaluate a presidential bid.
"I think the country needs a big change," said Jindal. "I don't think we need talkers. I think we need a doer. I think we need somebody who's going to rescue this country from its current path to socialism."
Ahead of his announcement, some political observers weighed in on whether a run for the presidency would make Jindal even more of a 'lame duck' as his term as governor winds down.
"When you're running for president as a Republican, the Republican primary and caucus voters are who you need to win over, not the voters of Louisiana anymore. They don't matter for your run for president," said Political Analyst Mike Sherman of Tulane University.
He thinks Jindal will become more of a lame duck.
"If Governor Jindal were to be graded on attendance at the end of this year, it's probably not going to be a very good grade," Sherman stated.
And as a presidential contender, Jindal would undoubtedly need to spend considerable time on the campaign trail outside of Louisiana.
"When you're running for president you've got to be in Iowa, you've got to be in New Hampshire, you've got to be in those early primary and caucus states," said Sherman.
The Jindal Administration issued a statement in response to our inquiry for this news report.
"Governor Jindal is the Chief Executive of Louisiana at all times. A possible increased travel schedule wouldn't have an impact on day to day operations, since technology allows staff to stay in touch with the Governor even when he is not sitting in his office in Baton Rouge," stated Communications Director Mike Reed.
Rep. Walt Leger (D – New Orleans) said even if the governor is out of the state on the campaign trail, as governor he will continue to wield a lot of authority.
"Whether or not it makes him more of a lame duck, or less of a lame duck, the fact of the matter is until the day that he is no longer the governor there are certain powers that the governor of this state possesses that still leaves him with a lot of influence over how things will play out over the next couple of months," Leger said.
He said Jindal and his administration will have input on expected mid-year budget issues, and more.