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Bobby Jindal launches 2016 exploratory committee

Bobby Jindall

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday announced he is forming a presidential exploratory committee to weigh a potential 2016 White House run.

"If I run, my candidacy will be based on the idea that the American people are ready to try a dramatically different direction," Jindal said in a statement. "Not a course correction, but a dramatically different path."

A second-term governor, Jindal built a reputation as a staunch conservative with a penchant for symbolically sparring with the Obama administration; he filed suit over the Common Core education standards, offered a plan to replace ObamaCare, and, in a breach of protocol, infamously ripped the president after a bipartisan meeting in Washington last year. Early 2016 polls show Jindal running in the low single digits.