Hillary Clinton to Launch Presidential Bid With Social Media Message, Small-Group Appeal

Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at the Center for American Progress on March 23, 2015, in Washington. (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at the Center for American Progress on March 23, 2015, in Washington.
(Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton is poised to formally launch her second presidential bid today, with a different approach from 2008 aimed at convincing voters through small-group settings that she has ideas for helping the middle class and the skills to govern.

The long-awaited announcement is expected to come from a video shared via social media, according to the Associated Press, before Clinton makes her pitch in Iowa and New Hampshire living rooms.

Her declaration will end deafening speculation and 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.”

Clinton enters the campaign as the overwhelming favorite to capture the Democratic nomination with a significant lead over all her potential rivals in polls. Her credentials are deep, from her service as secretary of State in President Obama’s first term to eight years as a U.S. senator representing New York.

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SOURCE: Martha T. Moore and Catalina Camia
USA TODAY

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