Name: Bobby Jindal
Previous Experience: Bobby Jindal is currently in his second term as Governor of Louisiana. At just 24 years old Jindal started working for Louisiana Governor Mike Foster as head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Thereafter he served as Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission of the Future of Medicare and Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush. In 2004 he was elected to Congress before being elected as Governor in 2007.
Signature Issue: Religious Freedom. Jindal has championed religious freedom initiatives and the right of business owners to follow their beliefs. Over a year ago he warned of the Left’s assault on religious liberty. He has also been outspoken against Obamacare and same-sex marriage hoping to appeal to the social-conservative wing of the party.
Opportunities: Jindal is able to speak fluently on a range of issues and is adamant about being “tough on Washington,” which may resonate with Republicans with a Democrat in the White House. He has a solid resume and a fairly high profile with the news media. Jindal may have an opportunity is he can unite the right and show voters that he can be more mainstream.
Challenges: He has not done well in the polls and did not make the cut for the first prime time Republican debate. Despite his impressive resume, nothing has worked to draw attention.
Did You Know? Jindal is also credited with orchestrating the largest evacuation of citizens in U.S. history — successfully moving 1.9 million civilians out of the path of Hurricane Gustav in 2008.