Governor Bobby Jindal Forms 2016 Exploratory Committee

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday formed an exploratory committee to assist him in deciding whether to seek the Republican Party nomination for president.

"For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the Presidency of our great nation," Jindal said. "We'll make a final decision in June, after the legislative session in Louisiana ends."

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

Jindal has made a number of visits to the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. If he runs, he'll enter an already crowded GOP field.

"While other Republican leaders are talking about change, I've published detailed plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, rebuild America's Defenses, make America energy independent, and reform education for our nation's children," Jindal said.

- Kasie Hunt