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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) announced on June 24, 2015 that he was running for President. His announcement came in the form of a tweet, sent out at 11:29 am CST:

His formal announcement was delivered later the same day at the Pontchartrain Center in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, Louisiana, where he took the stage in front of supporters and gave a speech in which he outlined his motivation for a run:

“I would be wary of a president who didn’t seek wisdom from the Almighty. I don’t know about you, but I’ve met many very smart people who lack wisdom. Yet Christianity is under assault today in America. But the liberals have forgotten their history. Religious liberty is not some quaint notion from the past. It is fundamental to our freedom. That’s why it is protected in the First Amendment to the Constitution. I’m going to say this slowly so that even Hillary Clinton can understand it. America did not create religious liberty, religious liberty created the United States of America.”

Full video of speech:

 

Full text of the speech here, via Time magazine article containing the transcript.

 

In announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Jindal becomes 13th candidate to join an already diverse GOP presidential field, including former Governors Rick Perry (R-TX), Jeb Bush (R-FL), Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and George Pataki (R-NY), Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and real estate mogul Donald Trump as declared Republican candidates.

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