Hopes rise for first female President
Hillary Clinton seeks Democrat nomination for White House
In a video message, Mrs Clinton opened the race for the Democrat nomination and is not expected to face many rivals.
“Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion,” she said.
The former secretary of state represents, with her former President husband Bill, one half of American political ‘royalty’, the other being the Bush family which has a considerable political history and has contributed two presidents to the White House.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, who sits further to the left, has ruled out seeking nomination for 2016.
Even so, Mrs Clinton has her opponents within Democrat ranks, particularly among those who disagreed with her hardline foreign policy and support for the Iraq War.
In view of speculation since last week, today’s announcement came as no surprise, but there has been some uncertainty for months over Mrs Clinton’s commitment.
She was left wounded in 2008 after Barack Obama secured the nomination. He won two campaigns comfortably and today was keen to praise his former rival’s record as Secretary of State. Some claim there is some bad blood between the Obamas and Clintons, but the president said Mrs Clinton was a “good friend.”
US sources say that she will be urged to pursue a campaign built more around supporting ordinary Americans and avoid following her husband’s drift towards centre-ground economics and siding with Wall St backers.
While the Democratic field may be unusually narrow, the Republican nomination is likely to be a fiercely fought contest.
Two Senators who have already declared their intention to run are Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.