(By Deutsche Welle) To the surprise of nobody, Hillary Clinton has announced that she’s running for president. Though she has a clear path to the Democratic nomination, she runs the risk of taking her most-favored status for granted.
It’s her second bid to become the first female president in US history. But this time, Hillary Rodham Clinton has the experience of a failed primary campaign to help guide her strategy.
And her supporters believe they have the winning issues. In a nation where politics are increasingly defined by historic levels of income inequality, Clinton will focus her rhetoric on expanding economic opportunities for middle and working class families.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she said in a video posted on her website, announcing the her bid.
“Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion. So you can do more than just get by – you can get ahead and stay ahead,” she added.
Clinton is scheduled to meet with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire in the coming weeks, the first two states in the primary process. Though her nomination is no certainty, she is the only Democrat to have officially announced and her chances look favorable compared to other figures in the party who are considering a run.
“She is as close to inevitable as anybody who isn’t a sitting president has ever been,” Chris Galdieri, a professor of politics at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, told DW.
“Since the 2008 campaign, especially since leaving the secretary of state position, she has done everything you can do to get close to locking the nomination up before the primaries actually begin,” he added.