Hillary Clinton Declares for Presidency

Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State and former First Lady, has formally entered the 2016 race for the White House in a bid to become the first woman US president.

She launched her campaign website on Sunday, telling Americans she wanted to be their “champion”.

Clinton ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, the incumbent President.

The overwhelming Democratic favourite, she had been expected to declare her candidacy for months.

In a video on her website, Clinton declared: “I am running for president.”

“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times,” she said, “but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion,” she added.

The video features a number of Americans talking about their hopes and aspirations.

It ends with Clinton saying, “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’s team said she would spend the next few weeks building up grassroots support in the early Democratic primary states.

She tweeted that she is on her way to Iowa. She is expected to hold her first rally, officially kicking off her campaign, in mid-May.

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