Hillary Clinton took to social media to confirm a worst-kept secret: she is running a second time for the White House.
In a video announcement that ended years of speculation Sunday, Clinton, 67, said she wants to be the “champion of everyday Americans”.
“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion,” Clinton said.
“The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.”
She asked voters to keep the same party in control of the White House for 12 straight years, something that has rarely happened in modern history, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Clinton is the runaway favorite for the Democratic nomination — and its only announced candidate — but her advisers said she is taking nothing for granted.
“I’m hitting the road to earn your vote,” she says in the video, which features a diverse collection of Americans — people of many races, straight and gay couples, a Spanish speaker, senior citizens and young couples — all discussing their challenges and opportunities.
Clinton was also the front-runner for the party’s nomination eight years ago until she was upended by then Sen. Barack Obama for her party’s nomination.
This time, she faces a smoother path, with no prospective rival looking as strong as Obama.
Since her last run, the former first lady has bolstered her resume with a four-year stint as secretary of state while retaining a loyal network of fundraisers and grass-roots supporters eager to see her make history by becoming the nation’s first female president.
An inescapable part of her formidable candidacy is a set of liabilities that have grown out of a quarter century in the crucible of national politics and government.
Congressional Republicans are examining a terrorist attack at a US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans while Clinton was America’s top diplomat.
They also want to her to testify on Capitol Hill about her unusual practice of using a private e-mail account to conduct her government business.
Even Democratic activists were unnerved by reports that the family’s charity — the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation — accepted large donations from foreign governments.
Republicans who expect to face Clinton in the general election greeted her announcement with a steady stream of attacks through the day.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released a video criticizing her foreign policy record.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul prepared a cable TV ad painting her as a Washington insider and the Republican National Committee continued its #StopHillary campaign, handing out T-shirts with that message in New York, where Clinton’s campaign headquarters is based.
After the announcement, which was deliberately low key so as to avoid appearing presumptuous, Clinton planned to reintroduce herself to voters after a seven-year hiatus from elective politics.
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