Hillary Clinton formally launched her second presidential bid today, vowing to be the champion for “everyday” American families and to strengthen the economy.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton said in a video posted on her website, hillaryclinton.com. Clinton’s declaration that she’s in the race ends two years of less-than-subtle preparation: giving speeches, promoting the causes of the Clinton family’s charitable foundation, and assembling a staff for the 2016 race.
Clinton gave a glimpse of what drives her to reach for history as the first woman elected president of the United States, in the new epilogue she wrote for the paperback edition of Hard Choices, her memoir about her tenure at the State Department.
“Becoming a grandmother has made me think deeply about the responsibility we all share as stewards of the world we inherit and will one day pass on,” Clinton wrote. “I’m more convinced than ever that our future in the 21st century depends on our ability to ensure that a child born in the hills of Appalachia or the Mississippi Delta or the Rio Grande Valley grows up with the same shot at success that Charlotte (her granddaughter) will