In an interview to Fox News on Tuesday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he is suspending his campaign for president.
“It has been a great honour for me to run for president of the United States,” he told Fox News host Bret Baier. “This is not my time. I’ve come here to announce that I’m suspending my campaign for the presidency.”
“My parents came to this country 45 years ago searching for freedom and a chance. When I was born, we lived in student housing at [Louisiana State University], and never in their wildest dreams did they think their son would have the opportunity to serve as Governor of Louisiana or to run for President,” Jindal said in a statement.
“They raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can. But this is not my time.”
Jindal said that he had decided to withdraw, in part, “given this crazy unpredictable election season”.
“At the end of the day I trust the American people to select our nominee for the next president,” he said Tuesday. “I want someone who’s got the smarts to make big changes.”
According to The Guardian, Jindal’s withdrawal is most likely to benefit Ted Cruz.
Heidi and I wish Supriya, Bobby, and their family all the best. https://t.co/NnX2debSAJ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 18, 2015
Jindal criticised Barack Obama on what he said was a failure to take on the Islamic State group. “We’ve got a president, he’s a community organiser at a time of war. He doesn’t even want to say the words radical Islam.”
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and former Governor Rick Perry of Texas previously withdrew from the Republican race.
“I have been blessed with the best family you could ever have,” Jindal said. He said his three children had heard the news. “Their biggest question is still whether they can get a dog.”
Jindal said that he’s ordered Louisiana State Police to track the 13 Syrian refugees that have been sent to his state so far by the federal government.
“Why would we let people in the country when ISIS has told us they are going to send terrorists with these refugees?” he said.
Thank you to @BobbyJindal for being a conservative governor and running a campaign he should be proud of. Wishing the Jindal family well.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) November 17, 2015