Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he is running to prevent America from continuing "on the path towards socialism."

"I'm running [for president] because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream into the European nightmare," Jindal said on John Catsimatidis' New York radio show. "We are on the path towards socialism. It's not too late, but the hour is late."

In the RealClearPolitics polling average from June, the Louisiana governor gets just 1. 3 percent of the vote. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is leading the race with 16.3 percent followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 10.5 percent and Ben Carson with an average of 9.8 percent.

Jindal slammed Bush for his comments on the Republican Party's chances of winning the presidency, The Hill reported.

"I think we need to be who we are, we need to be fearless," Jindal said, according to The Hill. "I disagree with Jeb Bush. He said we have to be willing to lose the primary to win the general election. Let me translate— he's saying we need to hide our conservative ideas."

Jindal said that this strategy would ensure a Democratic victory.

"Let's endorse our own principles and fight for what we believe in," Jindal said, according to The Hill.

Jindal has been critical of his fellow GOP candidates.

"You've heard Jeb Bush saying we need to be able to lose the primary to win the general election," Jindal said, according to Politico. "We're going to help him do that."