A day after announcing his run for the White House, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made his way to New Hampshire.
Jindal spent the afternoon speaking in Manchester in the first of many trips he’ll make to the Granite State as an announced candidate.
His first campaign stop was at St. Anselm’s College for a Politics and Eggs event.
Jindal started his speech by introducing his wife, talking about his three kids and describing a trip to Walmart while in South Carolina on Wednesday.
“As we are leaving, a couple of greeters at Walmart, they stopped and said, ‘You were on TV, and they couldn’t believe I was shopping at their Walmart,” said Jindal.
But then it was down to business, talking about his accomplishments as governor.
“Seven years in a row, people moving into Louisiana rather than leaving the state,” said Jindal.
Jindal said that if elected president, he would restore the nation’s defenses, grow the private sector economy, secure the borders and repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“We will have Republicans come up here and say they are going to protect the unborn, they are going to fight ISIS, they are going to repeal Obamacare. We won’t just talk about it. We will actually get it done.”
Political analyst Tom Rath said Jindal has a great story to tell, but does face challenges.
“He is not a household name, so he has a lot of room to grow, but if he can devote the time here, I think he will be a very interesting part of this field,” Rath said.
But Rath said Jindal will have to differentiate himself from the other candidates.
“Part of it has to be personality, part of it has to be energy, commitment and you have to convince enough people to say you know what, this man deserves a listen,” said Rath.
After the New Hampshire trip, Jindal is going to visit Iowa, but said he’ll be back in New Hampshire next weekend.
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