Bobby Jindal jumps into White House race, becomes first Indian-American

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Washington, June 24: Louisiana governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal on Wednesday jumped into the 2016 White House race with a twitter message making him the first Indian-American and 13th Republican candidate to do so.

"I'm running for President of the United States of America. Join me: http://www.bobbyjindal.com/announcement," he tweeted shortly after noon ahead of a planned formal announcement in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner Wednesday evening.

Bobby Jindal jumps into White House race

"A Special Announcement From Bobby Jindal. My name is Bobby Jindal, and I am running for President of the United States of America. There were three people I think you would agree my wife Supriya and I had to tell first," said a second tweet.

Jindal's tweet came shortly adviser Curt Anderson told reporters at a morning briefing: "We get into the race at 5 o'clock tonight."

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A hidden-camera style video of the governor telling his kids about his decision to run followed.

His daughter quickly leveraged the information, requesting a puppy as her share of the deal.

"OK, if we move into the White House, you can have a puppy," Jindal told his daughter.

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