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Democrats launch frontal attack against Bobby Jindal after his prez bid

June 25, 2015 21:45 IST

Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal waves with his wife Supriya Jolly after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Kenner, Louisiana. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Immediately after announcing his candidacy for United States presidentship, Bobby Jindal, the first ever Indian-American to run for White House, faced a frontal attack by Democrats on Thursday, who poked fun at his presidency run and termed his record as governor "dismal".

The series of email blast by the Democratic Party against Jindal, 44, since his announcement in New Orleans on Wednesday, is unprecedented as compared to the 12 other Republican leaders who have already announced their candidacy for 2016 elections.

"As a late entrant to an extraordinarily crowded field, Jindal carries the baggage of his dismal record of failure as governor and polling numbers hovering in the low 0 per cent range.

"The vanity campaign he formally kicked off in Kenner can be expected to have no actual impact on the 2016 race for president," alleged an email blasted off by Louisiana unit of the Democratic Party.

Asking its supporters to join the campaign against Jindal, Democratic Party poked fun at his candidacy indicating that he need not be taken seriously. The Democratic Party also announced to launch a campaign to enlist people against Jindal.  “It's official: Bobby Jindal is running for president. Seriously. Now it's up to us to stop him," it said.

Meanwhile, an undeterred Jindal was in New Hampshire on Thursday, launching his campaign in this key primary state and giving interview to major news networks.

Jindal is the first Indian-American to have been elected as a governor of a US state. A two-term governor from Louisiana, Jindal is also the vice chairman of the powerful Republican Governors Association. His announcement was widely covered by all mainstream newspapers in the US.

The Washington Post said unlike many of his competitors for the presidential nomination, Jindal has laid out a detailed plan for replacing President Obama's health-care reform, widely known as Obamacare.

The Hill called his announcement as "long-shot bid" for the Republican presidency. "He is also the first-ever Indian-American candidate for president, though he often inveighs against the "hyphenation" of American identity, as he did in his launch speech," it said. His presidential candidacy announcement in Louisiana on Wednesday was attended by several Indian-Americans.

"Our heartfelt congratulations to Governor Jindal in taking such a bold decision to seek the presidency of the world super power USA. We had the opportunity to convey in person on behalf of Indian-Americans and wishing him the very best," said Sampat Shivangi, who attended event.

"He reiterated his principal theme that we are all Americans first but not Indian-Americans, African-Americans, Irish or Italian-Americans. His speech was well received with thunderous applause several times all through his remarks," Shivangi added.


Lalit K Jha in Washington