WASHINGTON -- Asserting that the country needs "a doer and not a talker", Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has said he will provide "real leadership" to America if elected president in the November 2016 elections.
Jindal, 44, whose parents immigrated to the US from Punjab before he was born, is the first Indian-American to ever run for a US presidential elections.
Though currently faring at 13th position among crowded 17 Republican presidential candidates, Jindal, for some political analysts, made an impressive appearance at the first televised Republican presidential debate by the Fox News for those who could not make it to the main discourse for the top 10 candidates.
"I think the American people are looking for real leadership. That's what I've done in Louisiana, that's what I'll do in America," Jindal asserted in his opening remarks at the top of the debate that was held by Fox News in Cleveland, Ohio.
"I've got the backbone, I've got the band width, I've got the experience to get us through this. I'm asking folks not just to join my campaign, but join a cause. It is time to believe in America again," he said in his closing remarks at the hour-long debate.
The Louisiana Governor used the occasion to slam not only US President Barack Obama but also his other top Republican opponents. "We've got a lot of great talkers running for President. We've already got a great talker in the White House. We cannot afford four more years of on the job training. We need a doer, not a talker. We also need a nominee, a candidate who will endorse our own principles," he said.
"Jeb Bush says we've got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general. Let me translate that for you.
That's the establishment telling us to hide our conservative principles to get the left and the media to like us. That never works. If we do that again, we will lose again, we will deserve to lose again," said the presidential hopeful.
"One principle, for example, we've got to embrace is on immigration. We must insist on assimilation -- immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work," he said.