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Every vote counts: Bobby Jindal

By Aziz Haniffa in Baton Rouge, LA
November 15, 2003 02:30 IST
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That's Republican Piyush 'Bobby' Jindal addressing a rally in Baton Rouge as part of his 40-hour, non-stop, no-sleep campaign tour.

Jindal also said he believed the marathon political frenzy across the state with his pregnant wife Supriya in tow was imperative. "We got the energy, we got the enthusiasm to win this election. We are going to bring the same energy to the governor's office as well."

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When he asked Supriya if she had the energy to stay up for 40 hours, she told him, 'I am pregnant, I've got a two-year-old at home, this will be a vacation. Absolutely. Sign me up'.

Jindal said he may not have the political machinery behind him as his rival does, but "I've got something more powerful. I've got the people of Louisiana behind me. And that's a fight I'll take any day in the week, but I need every single one of you to help me. We can win this fight, we can win by renewal, we can win by reform. This election is important.

"It's time for change, it's time for reform. Louisiana's ready to move forward. We can do it, but we have to work together. I need every single one of you to vote, I need every single one of you to tell your friends, your families, your neighbours, your employees, your colleges, everybody you know -- tell them you've heard about this Bobby Jindal, he's a reformer, he's a problem-solver, he's not a career politician. It's important that you vote," he told supporters, and anyway who was willing to listen, in his usual rapid-fire speed.

In an interview with, Jindal praised the unflinching support of the Indian American community from Louisiana and across the country. "I am grateful to them and I am counting on their continued support as we move Louisiana forward."

After the initial few hours, the Jindals left their daughter Selia Elizabeth with their parents and in-laws who also took a break. The latter were scheduled to join the candidate and his wife on Saturday morning in Baton Rouge and drive down together to New Orleans and park themselves in the Astor Crowne Plaza on Bourbon Street to wait for the election results to come in.
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