Hillary Clinton has officially thrown her hat into the ring, announcing that she is running for president. This is no big surprise. She has long been assumed to be the inevitable Democratic nominee, as if she is the heir apparent. Lots of people, many of them nostalgic for the prosperity of the Bill Clinton years, will support her, though even Democrats I’ve talked to are not all that enthusiastic about her. Some say she is gaffe prone and doesn’t wear well. And yet, it isn’t clear that any of the Republican contenders can defeat her.
What do you think? I’d like to hear from both Democrats and Republicans. Does she have qualities that would make her a good president? Or the reverse? Will she win? Who could defeat her, and how would that be accomplished?
Hillary Clinton is officially running for president in 2016.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times. The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton said in a video message posted to her new campaign website on Sunday. “Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.”
In the message, which highlights the stories and images of a diverse group of Americans, Clinton said she is running “so you can just do more than get by.”“You can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is strong,” she said. “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.”
Minutes before the video was released, an e-mail message sent to donors, supporters and elected officials by a top aide previewed the announcement.
“I wanted to make sure you heard it first from me — it’s official: Hillary’s running for president,” John Podesta, the likley chairman of Clinton’s campaign, wrote in the message. “She is hitting the road to Iowa to start talking directly with voters. There will be a formal kickoff event next month, and we look forward to seeing you there.”
The former secretary of state’s announcement today marks Clinton’s second attempt to win the White House and become the first woman president of the United States.