Jindal backs Mitt Romney for president

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With Rick Santorum exiting the presidential race, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has announced his support for expected Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Jindal issued a statement Tuesday that congratulated Romney "on winning a hard-fought race." The Republican Louisiana governor said, "I look forward to supporting him in retiring President (Barack) Obama."

Jindal said Republicans should focus their energy on the fall campaign, which he described as giving American a choice "between Obama's lurch toward European style big government and the Republican alternative of a thriving private sector with a smaller government."

Earlier in the campaign, Jindal had supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the GOP nomination. Perry later dropped out of the race.

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