Jun 24, 2015 3:31 PM by News Staff, Photo: Michael Vadon CC/MGN
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana says he's entering the 2016 presidential race. And he's already trying to distinguish himself in a field packed with better known rivals.
Jindal's chances will depend in large measure on his continued courtship of evangelical voters. But several other contenders also are determined to win over that group.
Jindal's announcement came on his website, hours ahead of a kickoff rally. Short video clips showed Jindal and his wife, Supriya, talking to their three children about the campaign to come.
The 44-year-old two-term governor is an Oxford-educated son of Indian immigrants. Raised a Hindu but a convert to Catholicism as a teenager, Jindal has talked of his religious faith in small churches across Louisiana.
He has also worked to showcase more of the policy wonk reputation that got him elected governor, rather than just focusing on cultural issues. He has drawn distinctions from other GOP contenders by noting he has published "detailed plans" on health care, defense, education and energy policy.