Later this month, Bobby Jindal (also known as Piyush Jindal), current governor of Louisiana, is expected to announce his plan to run for U.S. president in 2016. He will be the first Indian-American to run for the office, but what is he promising to bring to the White House? Here are seven things you should know about his plans to reshape America before you decide to cast your vote next year.
1. He’s a right-wing conservative Republican.
That means his beliefs are based on individual rights and justice, and that wages should be set by the free market.
2. He is adamantly against Obamacare.
He thinks the Affordable Care Act should be completely scrapped and we should eliminate the tax break for employer-provided health coverage and instead offer a deduction with which people could buy insurance in the individual market. With his plan, millions of people would lose their health coverage.
3. He hates Common Core.
He accuses the federal government of creating strict standards for the US education system with a “one-size-fits-all” approach and believes more leeway should be granted to teachers in the classroom.
4. He is 100 percent pro-life.
He opposes abortion in general, but does not condemn medical procedures aimed at saving the life of the mother or the use of emergency contraception in the case of rape victims.
5. He does not agree with the legalization of same sex marriage.
Most Republicans don’t either; this viewpoint is nothing new, even though gay marriage has already been legalized in over 35 US states.
6. He is an avid environmentalist.
As governor, he supported a $300 million bill to fund Louisiana coastal restoration, and said global warming was more about increasing government regulation. He is working on releasing a new energy plan for America for the upcoming years.
7. He opposes restriction of gun rights.
He supports the second amendment’s right to bear arms and signed six gun bills into law in 2013 which “prohibit(ed) the release of information associated with concealed handgun permits,” “provide(ed) that the crime of carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon on school property shall not apply to off-duty law enforcement officers,” and more.
Jindal’s conservative and controversial views have put him in the spotlight for the next presidential election. His win would continue an era of minority presidents after Obama, but it is ultimately up to the people to decide who will be the next president of the United States of America.