Hillary Clinton announces her presidential campaign

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Hillary Clinton announcing her second bid for the presidency Sunday in an online video.

After years of often-breathless speculation about her future, Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in politics: She’s running for president. The former first lady and secretary of state officially entered the 2016 presidential race with a video announcement to supporters Sunday, saying she wants to be the champion of “everyday Americans.”

“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton told supporters at the end of a more than two-minute-long video posted on her official campaign website, hillaryclinton.com. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by.”

The video represented a sharp tonal shift from her announcement video in 2008, which featured Clinton addressing voters while sitting on a couch in her Washington, D.C., home. In contrast, Clinton is only seen and heard in roughly the last minute of Sunday’s video, which features testimony and footage from families, young workers and gay couples.

While she told voters in 2008 that she was “in to win,” Clinton told voters Sunday that she is “hitting the road to earn your vote, because it’s your time.”

“I hope you’ll join me on this journey,” Clinton added.

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