‘Not my time': Jindal ends his campaign – Philly.com

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the race for president Tuesday, ending a campaign that failed to gain much support, especially in early-voting Iowa.

“I’ve come to the realization that this is not my time,” Jindal said on Fox News Channel as he announced the decision to suspend his campaign.

Jindal, 44, said he was not ready to endorse another candidate but intended to support the eventual Republican nominee.

Term-limited and out of office in January, Jindal said he would work with a think tank he started a few years ago, called America Next, to devise what he called “a blueprint for making this the American century.”

“Going forward, I believe we have to be the party of growth,” Jindal said in a statement, “and we can never stop being the party that believes in opportunity. We cannot settle for the left’s view of envy and division.”

The nation’s first elected Indian American governor, Jindal focused his entire campaign on Iowa, first courting evangelical voters and then trying to broaden his appeal as a candidate with conservative policy plans that others were not offering.

But he never won much support, and he faced a cash crunch, wrapping up the last fund-raising period with $261,000 on hand. – AP

Bush clarifies on refugees

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush clarified on Tuesday that his call for the U.S. refugee program to give preference to Christians fleeing Syria does not exclude Muslims.

But campaigning in Florence, S.C., the former Florida governor said the process of screening prospective refugees seeking to enter the United States must undergo a thorough review.

He endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan’s call for a pause in the influx of Syrians as officials determine how best to evaluate them.

Bush says he supports accepting women and children and orphans of any religion as well as Syrian Christians because of the persecution he said they have suffered as a minority there. But no one should be allowed in when there is not enough information about them, he said.

For the rest, he argued for a clear, rigorous vetting process that does not exclude Muslims, whom Bush recognized in the past as victims of persecution, too, by the Islamic State group in Syria.

More immediately, he has recommended safe zones in the region for fleeing Syrians. – AP

Carson’s policy cramming

Some advisers to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson say he is struggling to grasp the complexities of foreign policy, his closest confident said, acknowledging their frustration while adding the political newcomer was making progress.

“I’d say he’s 75 percent of the way there,” said Armstrong Williams, Carson’s longtime business manager. “The world is a complex place, and he wants to get it right.”

A New York Times story Tuesday quoted one of Carson’s advisers as saying the retired neurosurgeon was having trouble understanding foreign policy despite intense briefings.

“Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East,” Duane R. Clarridge, a former CIA official, told the newspaper.

The Carson campaign reacted swiftly to the story, casting Clarridge as “an elderly gentleman” who isn’t part of the inner circle.

“Mr. Clarridge’s input to Dr. Carson is appreciated, but he is clearly not one of Dr. Carson’s top advisers,” said Carson spokesman Doug Watts.

Williams, who has no official role with Carson’s campaign but regularly talks to the candidate, acknowledged in an interview with the Associated Press that advisers beyond Clarridge were distressed at the pace of Carson’s progress.

“I know they’re frustrated,” Williams said of the team advising Carson. “They know that Dr. Carson is bright. . . . There’s just so much there.”

For his part, Carson said Tuesday in Iowa that he was treating his foreign policy-education like medical education, diving into reading materials and discussions with experts with diplomatic and military backgrounds.

“It’s an ongoing process,” Carson said on WHO-TV in Des Moines. – AP


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