Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Second Shot: Hillary Clinton Running Again for President

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Second Shot: Hillary Clinton Running Again for President

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WASHINGTON * Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the "champion" of everyday Americans.

Clinton opened her bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination by positioning herself as the heir to the diverse coalition of voters who elected her immediate predecessor and former campaign rival, President Barack Obama.

And unlike eight years ago, when she ran as a candidate with a deep rsum in Washington, Clinton and her personal history weren't the focus of the first message of her campaign. She made no mention of her time in the Senate and four years as secretary of state, or the prospect she could make history as the nation's first female president.

Instead, the video is a collection of voters talking about their lives, plans and aspirations. Clinton doesn't appear until the end.

"I'm getting ready to do something, too. I'm running for president," Clinton said. "Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.

"Every day Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion, so you can do more than just get by. You can get ahead and stay ahead."

It's a message that made an immediate play to win over the support of liberals in her party for whom economic inequality has become a defining issue. They remain skeptical of Clinton's ties to Wall Street and the centrist economic policies of the administration of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Many had hoped Clinton would face a challenge from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has said she will not run.

"It would do her well electorally to be firmly on the side of average working people who are working harder than ever and still not getting ahead," said economist Robert Reich, a labor secretary during the Clinton administration who has known Hillary Clinton for five decades. …

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