First Female President?
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced she’s running for President of the United States. No one was wondering IF she would, only WHEN she’d finally make it official.
The U.S. will be voting for a new president next year, in 2016. President Obama, who has won two presidential elections in a row can’t run again.
If Mrs. Clinton won, she would make history as the first female U.S. president.
Mrs. Clinton and President Obama both represent the Democratic Party, one of the two main political parties in the U.S. She ran for president against Barack Obama and now that he’s finishing up, she’s hoping it’s finally her turn.
In the meantime, she’s held all sorts of jobs near the presidency. So close.
She was President Obama’s Secretary of State — a huge job basically overseeing the United States’ policies and relationships with the rest of the world.
Before that she was a U.S. Senator representing the state of New York.
Before that she was the First Lady of the United States when her husband Bill Clinton was president in the 1990s.
Some people say all of her experience would be very valuable if she became president.
But one of her younger challengers from the Republican Party, Marco Rubio, (who announced he is running for president the day after Mrs. Clinton did), said all of her time in politics makes her “yesterday’s” news.
Mrs. Clinton is the first Democrat to formally announce her candidacy. There are already three Republicans in the race: Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, and Senator Marco Rubio.
She made her announcement by video (below). And whether her super high-profile experience in politics ends up helping or hurting her, she decided to make her announcement about pretty much everyone but her. She made it about everyday Americans … the people who will end up deciding if they’ll vote for her.