It’s now official and few political observers are surprised. On Sunday, April 12, Hillary Clinton confirmed that she will make a bid for the office of President of the United States in 2016. The announcement comes after months – maybe even years – of speculation that the former First Lady would make a bid to occupy the White House again, this time as Commander in Chief. The announcement was accompanied by a two-minute video released just after 3 p.m. ET. She is the first Democrat to formally announce her candidacy for 2016.
No stranger to the public eye, she became First Lady of the United States when her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected to his first term as President in 1993, and was elected State Senator to New York in 2000. Speculation about her campaign plans intensified when Mrs. Clinton recently stepped down from her position of Secretary of State in 2013, a role she accepted in 2009 after losing her first bid for the presidency in 2008 to Barack Obama in the primaries.
Another Hillary Clinton campaign is sure to be a lightning rod for debate, as folks tend to love her or hate her, with little middle ground. The election is more than a year away, and already the praise and protestations are starting in equal volume. CBS News reports early polls show her leading potential primary opponents by as much as 50 points nationwide. Potential Democratic candidates include current Vice President Joe Biden, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. There also is a strong camp calling for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to join the field. I would be surprised if there will be any real serious opposition to the primaries.
Should she win the Democratic nomination, Hillary would be the first woman to capture a major party’s nomination. But it’s a long road to the White House. It will be interesting to see what develops along the way. I plan on supporting Hillary and believe she will be the first female president. I am confident that she will be an outstanding president!
Sources: CBS News, New York Times
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