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In 2008, the United States of America voted for its first African-American president. In 2016, we could see the first woman head to the oval office, and not as a first lady. 

Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today what the country pretty much knew already, that she will run for president in 2016.

The former Secretary of State, senator and first lady has kept the American public wondering for some time as to whether or not she'd seek the Democratic nomination.

The initial announcement came via email to supporters from longtime Clinton supporter John Podesta, then a video launched on YouTube along with a new Facebook page.

And of course there was a tweet. 

Clinton is set to visit important early-primary states next week.  

President Obama recently gave his nod to Clinton during a press conference on Cuba/U.S. relations, saying "I think she would be an excellent president."

With so much attention on her 2016 candidacy, not much has been said about the reasons for her to chase another presidential bid. Her campaign will likely include a strong reach out to voters, particularly users of Twitter, Facebook and other social media, arguing she is best positioned to speak to and provide for the American public.

Clinton's memoir Hard Choices has a number of elements that could become familiar during her campaign, including that her new status as a grandmother helps to talk about creating opportunities for all Americans. 

"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," Mrs. Clinton wrote, referring to her new granddaughter in a fresh epilogue for her memoir. 

She will test this and other campaign themes as travels to Iowa and later this month to New Hampshire for a series of small-scale events where she can field questions and address the concerns of the voters her campaign calls "everyday Americans," sources made aware of her plans said.

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