Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, has formally entered the 2016 race for the White House in a bid to become the first woman US president and to continue to keep a Democrat in the White House.
According to a report by the BBC, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign website on Sunday, telling Americans she wanted to be their “champion”.
This is the second time that Hillary Clinton has run for the Democratic presidential nomination, with her last attempt in 2008 seeing her losing out to Barack Obama.
The overwhelming Democratic favourite, she had been expected to declare her candidacy for months and it has come as no shock to anyone in the political sphere.
In a video on her website, Mrs 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.
In the launch video a number of Americans are featured talking about their hopes and aspirations and the film ends with Hillary 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”.
Mrs Clinton’s team said 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.
According to the BBC she is expected to hold her first rally, officially kicking off her campaign, in mid-May.
Barack Obama has already given his support to Hillary Clinton and he told a news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Panama on Saturday that she would make an “excellent president”.
Meanwhile, Secretary of state John Kerry, described her as being a “good friend”, telling ABC’s This Week programme she “did a terrific job of rebuilding alliances that had been shredded over the course of the prior years”.
While there is support for Hillary on the Democrat side of the fence she is sure to be in for a rough ride with the Republicans who have already begun their attacks on her.
According to the BBC, Republican presidential contender Rand Paul criticised Mrs Clinton for her handling of a September 2012 attack on a US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which the US ambassador was among those killed. He also said questions remained about funds received by a charity set up by Mr and Mrs Clinton.