On Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton broke the news in a video posted to her YouTube channel. Titled “Getting Started,” the clip features Americans of diverse ages and ethnicities describing their plans for the upcoming year. At the end of the video, Clinton appears and says: “I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president … Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”
The much-anticipated announcement came just minutes after John D. Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, sent out an email alerting donors that Clinton will be running in the upcoming election.
The video officially kicks off Clinton’s second presidential bid—she lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries. But Clinton has been visibly gearing up for a campaign over the past two years, making speeches, hiring staffers, and ironing out policies.
Though her campaign was launched on a relatively small scale, Clinton will ramp up her efforts in the coming weeks. Following the announcement, she is expected to participate in a series of crucial events in Iowa and New Hampshire, with the goal of introducing voters to her plans for improving the economic standing of the middle class. Clinton’s supporters are looking to raise $2.5 billion in donations to fund her campaign, The New York Times reports.
The road to Clinton’s campaign announcement was not always a smooth one. Last month, she came under fire after it was revealed that she had exclusively used a personal email account during her time at the State Department.
But in spite of the setback, Clinton is currently the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, and she is performing strongly in early polls. With experience serving as Secretary of State, U.S. senator representing New York, and first lady, Clinton’s credentials are certainly expansive.
If elected, Clinton will become the first female president of the United States.