Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal declared Wednesday his candidacy for the 2016 presidential nomination, although the Rhodes Scholar and one-time Republican rising star faces difficult odds in a jam-packed primary field. Here’s what you need to know about Jindal:

  • Previous Occupation: LSU Tigers DE Coach/Asst. Defensive Coordinator (2003-2005)
  • Platform: To bring coastal wetlands restoration program he implemented in Louisiana to rest of country
  • Current Approval Rating: Nowhere to go but up
  • Education: Pretty impressive for a man who questions evolution
  • Career Accomplishments: Has for years dutifully served the people of a state he desperately wants to abandon
  • Biggest Strengths: Somehow least electable Catholic candidate in field that also includes Rick Santorum; as a child of immigrants, understands what it takes to keep them out of country; candidate best able to connect with Indian Americans who make up 65 percent of Republican primary voters
  • Foreign Policy Experience: Has already been publicly discredited by David Cameron and other European leaders
  • What Sets Him Apart: Brings diversity to bottom third of GOP candidate polls
  • Days He Has Left As Young Political Hotshot: 29
  • Will Most Likely Be Remembered For: Endorsing Jeb Bush after Iowa caucus

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