After over two years of speculation by the media and the public as to whether she would do it, former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton, 67, finally announced her bid for the U.S. presidency in 2016. At around noon (PST) on Sunday, Clinton sent out a batch of emails to her donors and long-time supporters which officially announced her bid for president. She also posted a video announcement to her YouTube channel within a few minutes of sending the emails.
The video shows Americans from all different types of walks and ethnicities preparing themselves for a new stage in their lives. Among them, a pair of Hispanic brothers preparing to open a new business, a gay couple getting married, a mother going back to work after five years of raising her child, and an African American couple preparing themselves for their first child.
Just as how these people are preparing themselves for something new, so is Clinton. Appearing outside a suburban home presumably somewhere in middle America, she tells the audience that she’s running for president. “Every day, Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion,” a smiling Clinton emphatically said near the end of the video.
If one needs any indication for the voter block that Clinton will be pandering to during the year-and-a-half until November 2016, a simple look at her announcement video would suffice. As mentioned previously, the video features African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans speaking in Spanish, women, and gay couples, all groups which have historically supported the Democratic party.
This is Clinton’s second– and perhaps final– shot at the U.S. presidency after losing a long, bitter, and expensive battle for the Democratic party’s nomination against Barack Obama in 2008. Clinton accepted defeat rather graciously, assuming the role of President Obama’s Secretary of State from 2009-2013. Because of her previous roles as Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady, Hilary Clinton is running on a huge amount of name recognition. While she tried to downplay the issue of her gender in the 2008 race, Clinton embraces it this time. For the first time in United States history, a woman has a pretty realistic chance at winning the presidential nomination of a major party.
Hilary Clinton’s campaign came under attack by Republican presidential hopefuls pretty much immediately after she first announced it. A minute after she announced her bid for presidency to her 3.2 million Twitter followers, former Florida Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted “We must do better than Hillary,” a sign of the bitter social media showdowns between Clinton and her opponents on the right to come in the months leading up to election day 2016.
We must do better than Hillary. If you’re committed to stopping her, add your name now. https://t.co/GUtxMw19Oh
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 12, 2015
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz also went on the offensive after Clinton announced her run for office, denouncing Clinton as nothing more than an extension of President Obama’s “failed policies of the past”.
As it currently stands, many polls have Clinton beating out Republican candidates in the primary election by a few percentage points. But with Bhengazi and Clinton’s private email scandal still fresh in the minds of the candidates and the public, Republicans will have plenty of ammunition against Clinton going into 2016.
2016 will be much more than just a normal election year. The 2016 presidential election could easily alter the path the United States is taking as a country. After more or less undoing all the economic damages caused by President George W. Bush’s eight years in office, limiting our military engagement in the Middle East, and providing Americans with universal healthcare, the policies of President Obama face a very real threat of being undone. Having candidates that would probably start a war in Iran and that refuse to believe in man-made global warming only adds to the concern that our country might regress back to the war-hungry, low-accountability, low-regulation days of George W. Bush.