The long wait is soon to be over as Hillary Clinton’s official campaign announcement is expected Sunday, a source close to the campaign allegedly told the Daily News Newspaper. The former secretary of state is likely to announce her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 as early as this weekend, facing no substantial competition but needing to get her organisation in place for the long battle to come.
Clinton is likely to make her intentions known through a social media announcement followed by campaign travel. This focus on digital communications is an attempt to connect with young voters, who Clinton needs to become American’s first woman president.
If she does run, this will mark Clinton’s second time vying for the presidency. She first ran during the 2008 election, but lost the Democrat ticket to then-junior senator Barack Obama. Clinton later served on Obama’s cabinet, working as the secretary of state from the start of his presidency in 2009 through Feb. 1, 2013.
When Clinton left her position in 2013, political watchers took it as a sign that the former first lady was preparing for her own campaign in 2016. Behind the scenes, she has hired a robust team, including many of President Obama’s former advisers and strategists.
The past few months have not been without criticism for Clinton. In March, she admitted to using a private email address while working as the secretary of state because it was “convenient.” While the politician said that she was “allowed” to use her personal email, critics took issue with the fact that it caused an issue for journalists requesting records through the Freedom of Information Act and Benghazi investigators who have subpoenaed Clinton.
So far, Republicans Ted Cruz, a senator from Texas, and Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky, are the only major candidates to make official announcements leading up to the 2016 race.
Her campaign is expected to concentrate on making the 67-year-old former first lady relatable to ordinary Americans. Clinton spent four years jetting to foreign capitals as Obama’s first-term secretary of state but has had limited day-to-day contact with everyday Americans.
Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, is the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination. Republican-turned-Democrat former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced he’s looking at the race in a surprise Monday video, joining former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb in the field of little-known Democrats looking to challenge Clinton. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders is also mulling a challenge from the left, as is former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week had the surprising result that she was even or only slightly ahead of some Republican contenders like libertarian Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Most polls in recent months have shown her with a substantial lead over the Republican 2016 field.