|Hillary Rodham Clinton|
Former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who later became a New York U.S. senator, and was secretary of state in the Obama administration during the president's first term, announced by Internet video at 3 pm today, April 12, that she will make a second bid for president in 2016.
"I'm running for president," said Clinton, a two-minute video reveals. "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion." (Editor's note:
Watch the video below)
Clinton said that she is "hitting the road to earn your vote because its your time, and I hope you'll join me on this journey."
The overwhelming front runner for the Democrats, and the only announced Democrat thus far, Clinton lost the nomination for president to Barack Obama in 2008. He was then a junior U.S. senator representing the state of Illinois.
The news on Clinton's candidacy, though not officially announced until today, was no secret.
The former first lady had already devised a tentative campaign budget, and had made some campaign hires, a source close to campaign said.
Former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, John Podesta, who will likely be the campaign manager of Clinton's campaign, had sent an email to former staffers shortly before today's announcement confirming the much anticipated news.
President Barack Obama said this week that his former secretary of state[Hillary Clinton]is a friend, and "would make an excellent president."
If Clinton were to win in 2016, she would become America's first female president.
To date, prominent Republican contenders for the Republican nomination for president include U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida, and presumptively, former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
Ohio is a pivotal state for presidential elections with no Republican of remembrance taking the White House without first winning Ohio, and the last Democrat to do so being John F. Kennedy in 1960.
Hillary Clinton may have lost the Democratic nomination in 2008, but she won Ohio's Democratic primary that year against Obama, and by eight percentage points, 53 percent to 45 percent. And she endorsed Obama in the general election.
America's first Black president, Obama went on the beat Republican nominee Arizona Sen John McCain for the presidency. He won a second four year term in 2012, easily defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.
"For everyone here in Ohio and across America whose ever been counted out but refused to be knocked out, for everyone who has stumbled but stood right back up, and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you," Clinton said before supporters after winning Ohio's Democratic primary over Obama in 2008.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)