Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal suspended his presidential campaign on Tuesday, declaring that “this is not my time” to run for commander in chief.
“I cannot tell you what an honor it has been to run for President of the United States of America,” Jindal said in a statement.
“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity. We cannot settle for The Left’s view of envy and division. We have to be the party that says everyone in this country – no matter the circumstances of their birth or who their parents are – can succeed in America.”
Jindal said he would return to AmericaNext, a think tank he started a few years ago, to draft “a blueprint for making this the American century.”
“We must show the way forward on growing our economy and winning the war against terror, and especially defeating radical Islam,” he said. “I realize that our country is off on the wrong track right now. Everyone knows that, but don’t forget, this is still the greatest country in the history of the world – and every single one of us should start every day by thanking God that we are fortunate enough to be U.S. citizens.”
“Now is the time for all those Americans who still believe in freedom and American exceptionalism to stand up and defend it. The idea of America – the idea that my parents came here for almost a half a century ago – that idea is slipping away from us. Freedom is under assault from both outside our borders and from within. We must act now, we do not have a moment to spare.”
Jindal received plaudits from his fellow competitors for the GOP nomination. “Governor Jindal is a true conservative and a principled leader, whose story epitomizes the American Dream,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “Governor Jindal has served the people of Louisiana with distinction, and I have no doubt that he will play an important role in helping to elect the next president of the Unites States, and beyond.”
“His vision for fundamental tax reform, as well as repealing and replacing Obamacare, helped set an important standard among the Republican field,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “He presented bold policy proposals that helped strengthen the ideas put forth in this primary to prepare our eventual nominee for the general election.”
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said “there is no question that Governor Bobby Jindal played a key part in shaping the 2016 presidential primary.”
“Governor Jindal’s keen intellect, combined with his passion to uphold the principles and ideals that have made America an exceptional nation, made him an attractive candidate for president,” Perkins added. “But as Bobby said today, it is not his time.”