Hillary Clinton Joins the 2008 Presidential Race in the USA: "I'm In"

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New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) today announced she will establish a presidential exploratory committee, launching a 2008 campaign that could make her the first female president in history and the only former first lady to succeed her husband in the White House.

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  1. alukome says:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/20/AR2007012000426_pf.html

    Sen. Clinton Launches 2008 Campaign

    By Dan Balz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, January 20, 2007; 10:34 AM

    New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) today announced she will establish a presidential exploratory committee, launching a 2008 campaign that could make her the first female president in history and the only former first lady to succeed her husband in the White House.

    In a posting on her campaign Web site, Clinton announced her decision with a headline that read, "I’m In."

    Clinton’s decision to file papers with the Federal Election Commission ends months of fevered speculation about a possible bid for the White House. She released video and written statements on her Web site and will make a public appearance to discuss her plans tomorrow in New York.

    "The stakes will be high when America chooses a new president in 2008," Clinton said in the written statement. "As a senator, I will spend [the next] two years doing everything in my power to limit the damage George W. Bush can do. But only a new president will be able to undo Bush’s mistakes and restore our hope and optimism."

    The initial step came after months of intensive preparation in which Clinton reached out to prominent Democrats, big-name fundraisers and party activists across the country and began assembling a deep and experience staff for the marathon ahead.

    Clinton brings an impressive resume and an enormous political network to the campaign and already has established herself as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. She has the capacity to raise more money than anyone else in the race and has extensive ties to many of the party’s most powerful constituencies, including labor, civil rights and women’s groups.

    Despite those considerable assets, however, she has drawn a formidable cast of announced or prospective rivals that includes freshman Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, former senator John Edwards of North Carolina plus three veteran senators, one sitting and one ex-governor.

    The sizeable field of candidates underscores the belief that, for all of Clinton’s experience and credentials, there are Democrats who question whether she can win a general election. Clinton generates great passions, both among supporters and opponents, and polls indicate that if she cannot change her public image through the course of the campaign, she could be a divisive nominee for the party.

    Clinton also is seen as vulnerable in the Democratic primaries and caucuses because of her position on the war in Iraq. She supported the 2002 resolution giving President Bush the authority to go to war. Late last year she said that, if she knew then what is known now, she would not have voted for the resolution, but her statement came long after other Democrats who had supported the resolution, including Edwards and Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), had renounced their votes.

    "This is a big election with some very big questions," Clinton said in the statement on her Web site. "How do we bring the war in Iraq to the right end? How can we make sure every American has access to adequate health care? How will we ensure our children inherit a clean environment and energy independence? How can we reduce the deficits that threaten Social Security and Medicare?"

    Clinton’s announcement comes during a period of accelerating activity in the 2008 race. Last week, Obama announced the formation of his exploratory committee and has set Feb. 10 for a formal announcement. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to announce his intentions tomorrow.

    Already, Edwards, Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd, former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and Rep. Dennis Kucinich are among the Democrats who have begun their campaigns.

    But Clinton commands the most attention by virtue of her resume and status as one of the party’s most recognizable leaders. An Illinois native, she served as first lady of Arkansas during the governorship of her husband Bill Clinton, and later as first lady when he was elected president in 1992.

    She was one of the most active first ladies in history. She was the architect of a plan for universal health care that ultimately crashed in Congress, and she suffered through the humiliation of her husband’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky and the subsequent impeachment trial.

    In 2000, she ran for the Senate in New York. Although many Democrats, including some close to her, were pessimistic about her chances, she ran a disciplined campaign that carried her to victory. In the Senate, she has established a reputation as one of the chamber’s most diligent and well-prepared members. Clinton has worked across party lines in the Senate, co-sponsoring numerous bills with Republicans. She also has been extraordinarily attentive to the needs of her New York constituents, working to preserve military bases and boost the local economy, particularly in Republican-dominated upstate New York.

    In the Senate, she serves on the Armed Services Committee and has developed an expertise on military and national security affairs that gives her important credentials as she begins her presidential campaign. She leads the national polls in the contest for the Democratic nomination, although she trails Edwards in the crucial state of Iowa, which kicks off the nominating process with its precinct caucuses.

    "I want you to join me not just for the campaign but for a conversation about the future of our country — about the bold but practical changes we need to overcome six years of Bush administration failures," Clinton’s statement said today. "I am going to take this conversation directly to the people of America, and I’m starting by inviting all of you to join me in a series of web chats over the next few days."

    Staff writer Bill Brubaker contributed to this report.

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