7 years ago
The first female POTUS. It's about time.
Mrs Clinton is expected to make the announcement on social media.
The 67-year-old will then travel to Iowa and New Hampshire, two early
primary contests in the 2016 race.
The former first lady previously ran for president in 2008 and is
already considered a strong contender for the Democratic presidential
Mrs Clinton is expected to release a video outlining her campaign themes
but will put off a large, formal speech.
In 2008 she came close - oh, so close - to winning the Democratic
nomination, falling to the once-in-a-generation candidacy of Barack Obama.
Despite her near success, however, her effort exposed some worrisome
flaws - bickering among her advisors, a veil of guarded aloofness that
was only occasionally lowered and the perception that she lacked an
explanation for why she sought the top office.
With a Democratic field devoid of compelling alternatives, Mrs Clinton
likely has a much clearer path to the Democratic nomination this time.
This gives her the luxury of time to find her footing on the campaign
trail after a long hiatus.
Come next summer, however, a battle-hardened Republican candidate will
be waiting. She came up short last time. Soon we'll learn what, if
anything, she's learned from past mistakes.
She recently faced criticism over using a private email address to
conduct official business as secretary of state and having personal
staff decide what emails should be given over to public records.
Mrs Clinton was a politically active first lady during her husband's two
terms as US president and then served in the US Senate for several years.
She lost out to President Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic
Mr Obama later named her as secretary of state, a position she held
Two major Republicans, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, have formally announced
their campaigns, but many more are expected to run, including former
Florida Governor Jeb Bush - whose father and brother were both president.
Another Clinton-Bush election - the first was won by Mrs Clinton's
husband Bill in 1992 - would revive the debate in the US about powerful
The Democratic field looks more narrow than the Republican one, but Mrs
Clinton could face former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and possibly
Vice-President Joe Biden.
Many in the left-wing of the party are urging Massachusetts Senator
Elizabeth Warren to run.
But she has repeatedly said in media interviews that she is not running
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