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Bobby Jindal: The GOP Presidential Field Is 'Wide Open'

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 10:20 AM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, just hours before his expected presidential campaign announcement Wednesday afternoon, told Fox News that he knows he'll be facing a crowded field in a "wide open" race and vows to continue to fight against Obamacare.

"It's not a coronation ... the race is wide open," Jindal told "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer. "If I listened to polls I never would have run for governor, I never would have done statewide school choice or privatized our hospitals in Louisiana."

Jindal said that he is the "only potential candidate that has offered a detailed plan" on replacing Obamacare, and also has detailed plans on education reform and how to get the nation to energy independence.

"We have a proven track record," he said. "We measure prosperity by how people are [in] the private sector, not the government sector."

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Jindal will make his announcement at 5 p.m. in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, and while he won't be officially a declared candidate until that time, the two-term governor, 44, has already traveled several times to early primary states, reports The Washington Post.

A devout Catholic and the son of Indian immigrants, Jindal argues that immigrants need to assimilate into American culture, complaining about people who identify themselves as "hyphenated Americans."

And he says that congressional Republicans too often surrender to President Barack Obama on immigration, healthcare reform and other major issues.

Obama, Jindal said on the Fox program, is "trying to turn the American dream into a nightmare. We need to not just send a Republican to Washington, we need somebody who will make big changes."

Even before the upcoming Supreme Court decision in the King v. Burwell case that will determine if Obamacare subsidies can continue, he said he believes that Republicans "need to repeal and replace" the act, as "the president has lied to us."

Obama has said his healthcare plan would reduce premiums and costs but that hasn't happened, said Jindal, pointing out that his own plan for the nation's healthcare will work much better.

Access to affordable healthcare must reduce costs, give affordability and choice, allow insurance sales to go across state lines, and allow people to join voluntary purchasing pools, said Jindal. Further, he called for expanded services through health savings accounts and a crackdown on frivolous lawsuits.

"We don't need government bureaucrats between doctors and their patients," said Jindal. "That's the fundamental mistake of Obamacare thinking Washington, D.C., knows best."

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, just hours before his expected presidential campaign announcement Wednesday afternoon, told Fox News that he knows he'll be facing a crowded field in a "wide open" race and vows to continue to fight against Obamacare.
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