Bobby Jindal was once a rising GOP star, but now his future political interests have stalled as he travels to reclaim his spotlight and define what might set him apart in what is shaping up to be a crowded 2016 presidential field, The Washington Post reported
Jindal, noted the Post, seems "lost" and "an afterthought" for his party, after early successes, dropping off to just 2 percent in national GOP polls, and coming in at 12th place in a February Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll
In seeking to reclaim his stature, wrote the Post, Jindal appears to have "wound up looking as if he's trying to be every politician at once. A hawk. A wonk. A tea party rebel. A Christian revivalist. A first-generation American. A Bubba."
The Post added of the Louisiana governor's positioning quandary: "Not long ago, the Louisiana governor was the Republican candidate of the future — the son of immigrants and also a proud product of the Deep South. He is a devout Catholic, an experienced governor and — in a political sphere dominated by shallow cable-television shouters — a data-driven Rhodes scholar."
Jindal himself told the Post that he isn't yet running for president.
"We don't have a campaign strategy," he told the Post. "So it would be too early to change it."
The Christian Post reported
that Jindal says he's about two months from making a decision on running in 2016. He said he believes the next president should come from the ranks of governors as he continues to discuss policy issues in speeches around the country.
described his latest pitch to possible voters as a "full-spectrum conservative."
"We need to be the party of everybody," Jindal told ABC at the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference. "We need to fight for 100 percent of the votes."
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