So far only Republican candidates has announced their bid for the 2016 Presidential race.
However, after months of dodging rumors that she was considering running for President, Hillary Clinton has officially announced her campaign to become the first female President of the United States.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed the obvious on Sunday, officially announcing that she would seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
In a video released on her new campaign website, Clinton said that she was running.
“I’m running for president,” Clinton says in the video. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by. You can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong.”
“So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it’s your time and I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
Clinton made history when she ran for president in 2008, becoming the first woman to win presidential primary races and nabbing a total of about 18 million votes. She suspended her campaign in June 2008 and urged voters to get behind now-President Barack Obama.
After he was elected, Obama nominated Clinton to be secretary of state, a role she held for the entirety of his first term. She became the most-traveled secretary of state in history, visiting 112 countries during her four-year tenure and traveling 956,733 miles — enough to span the globe more than 38 times. She was lauded for emphasizing women’s rights and human rights while heading the State Department, but received criticism over the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that took place on Sept. 11, 2012, and left four Americans dead.
Before becoming secretary of state, Clinton represented New York in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009. She also served as first lady of the United States and of Arkansas while her husband, Bill, served as president and governor, respectively.
Clinton has been hinting at a second presidential run for months, joking in a July interview on “The Daily Show” that she wanted an office with “fewer corners” and admitting during a September visit to Iowa that she was “thinking about” running.
A group of Clinton supporters launched a super PAC called Ready for Hillary in January 2013 in anticipation of her eventual candidacy. The group had raised more than $10.25 million for Clinton’s campaign as of October 2014.
An average by HuffPost Pollster shows Clinton already has a solid lead against her potential Democratic primary opponents.