On Friday, we learned that Hillary Clinton would announce her presidential candidacy via social media this weekend.
Today, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state confirmed those reports when she took to Twitter to inform supporters that she would be seeking her party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election.
"Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times," Clinton said in a two-minute video announcing the official start of her campaign. "But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top."
“Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion. So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
Clinton expressed similar sentiments in an updated epilogue to her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, that was recently featured on The Huffington Post.
“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 will,” Clinton wrote.
The comment refers to Charlotte Mevinsky, Clinton's 1-year-old granddaughter.
Clearly, Clinton hopes to portray herself as both a shrewd politician, a compassionate family woman and a friend to working class Americans.
Clinton is the odds-on favorite to receive the Democratic nomination (No other contenders have emerged as of yet.), but if she makes it past the primary stage, she's certain to face stiff opposition from Republicans.
Both men are known for their firebrand polemics and their take-no-prisoners approach to election politics.