LA gov blasts president, administration during speech at Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- During a stop in Charleston, the governor of Louisiana called President Barack Obama one of the worst presidents ever.

Gov Bobby Jindal highlighted his frustrations with the current administration while outlining his own policies. He even referenced a possible run for the White House in 2016.

"It is a nation marked by exhaustion and discouragement and fear. Where wealth and power are centralized in an immense and out of control federal government, it is a nation where the people feel they have no voice," he said.

In a room mainly packed with Citadel cadets, their voices were heard. Many questions raised concerns about the direction of the country.

"I worry about the EPA regulations hurting our economy. I worry about Obamacare; I worry about $17 trillion of borrowing. Some can be undone with conservative leadership," Jindal said.

One issue that resonated with the students at the military college was national defense.

"Here is the thing that scares me, well not scares but worries me the most. I talked about how Russia and Putin is in the Ukraine because he sensed weakness. My worry is yes we have to beat ISIS. My real worry is what is lesson Iran is taking from our weakness in the Middle East. Our world cannot tolerate a nuclear armed Iran," Jindal said.

By the end of the hour-long event, the question that got the most attention was Jindal's interest in running for president. He said he would make that decision after the November elections.

Even though Jindal said he has not made a decision on running for president, some political analysts say he is setting himself up for a run just by visiting key presidential states.

Jindal is one of several Republicans mentioned as possible candidates for the GOP in 2016.

However, he's not polling strongly in his home state, according to the most recent presidential poll by Public Policy Polling. It shows Jindal trailing Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Mike Huckabee.

The July poll also shows Jindal is among the least popular governors in the country and only 21 percent of people polled think he should seek the White House while 63 percent said he ought to sit out the race.