Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday he is suspending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president.
“I cannot tell you what an honor it has been to run for President of the United States of America,” Jindal said in a press statement Tuesday.
Jindal said his parents came to the United States 45 years ago “searching for freedom and a chance.” He added they never would have anticipated their son would have the opportunity to serve as Governor of Louisiana or to run for President.
“They raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can,” Jindal said. “But this is not my time, so I am suspending my campaign for President.”
“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity,” he continued. “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 will return to the think tank he launched a few years ago to outline a plan for “making this the America century.”
“We must show the way forward on growing our economy and winning the war against terror, and especially defeating radical Islam,” he said specifically.
“I realize that our country is off on the wrong track right now,” he acknowledged. “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.”