Hillary Rodham Clinton officially announced her plans to run for President on Sunday, April 12 in an email to donors and a video post on her website and social media pages, ending several years of speculation.
The video shows average Americans getting ready for various milestones in their lives, including finding a job after college, getting married, starting a family and retiring.
Near the end of the two minute and 19 second long video, Clinton enters, announcing that she is “getting ready to do something too.”
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she said in the video. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”
“I’m running for president,” Clinton says. “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.”
After posting the video on her website, Clinton also took to Twitter and Facebook posting her announcement.
According to The New York Times, the video announcement came minutes after John D. Podesta, Clintons campaign chairman, sent an email to Clinton donors and campaign workers.
Many democratic insiders are estimating that this could be the official start of one of the least contested races without an incumbent in recent history, according to The New York Times. This would directly juxtapose to Clinton’s polarizing battle with Barack Obama in the 2008 democratic primary.
According to The Washington Post, Clinton likely has the best chance of becoming the nation’s first female president. The Washington Post also states that Clinton’s potential is found within her pro-female based platform, that has been a large part of her professional career.
Last month, Clinton asked a group of Democratic women, “Don’t you someday want to see a woman president of the United States?,” according to The Washington Post.
Clinton’s campaign could likely become the most expensive presidential campaign in history, The New York Times reports. With outside super PACs, like “Ready for Hillary,” Clinton donors are looking to raise an estimated $2.5 billion for her campaign.
Clinton is now expected to make some campaign stops in key areas of New Hampshire and Iowa, according to The New York Times. One of her talking points throughout her stops will likely be the economic future of the middle class, in particular increasing minimum wage and shortening the gap of income inequality.
On Saturday, April 11, President Obama spoke about a potential Clinton run, saying she would be “an excellent President,” according to NBC News.
“She was a formidable candidate in 2008, she was a great supporter of mine in the general election, she was an outstanding secretary of state, she is my friend,” Obama said. “I think she would be an excellent president.”
While Clinton’s announcement is a gain for the Democratic side, the Republican primary is looking to be more contested.
Republicans Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have already declared their intentions to seek the presidency and will likely be joined by a litany of candidates. According to The New York Times, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson are all expected to seek the Republican nomination as well. The only possible contender that they have listed as definitely not running is Mitt Romney.
On Monday, April 13, Marco Rubio also announced that he will be seeking the presidency on the republican ticket. According to The New York Times, he was not upset to be splitting the media cycle with Clinton because it would allow him to be compared to a Democratic candidate, instead of being just one of the many Republicans.
Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, and HillaryClinton.com