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Al Jazeera America
Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential bid on Sunday, kick-starting a long-awaited second run for the White House and becoming the clear front runner for the Democratic nod.
The formal word came from campaign chairman John Podesta in an e-mail to donors and supporters. “It's official,” the e-mail reads. “Hillary's running for president.”
The campaign followed up the e-mail with a tweet from Clinton and released an online video, featuring the stories of ordinary Americans, on the newly-launched HillaryClinton.com.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton said in the video. “I’m hitting the road to earn your vote because it’s your time, and I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
Al Jazeera America
WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio on Monday became the latest presidential aspirant to officially enter the ranks of the 2016 White House contenders. The first-term Republican senator from Florida announced his candidacy during a conference call to donors, saying he is uniquely qualified to represent the future of the GOP. Rubio is also expected to hold a rally in Miami later this evening, where he will kick off his campaign in Freedom Tower, a kind of Ellis Island for Cuban émigrés in Florida.
Whereas other Republicans in the race — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas — have staked out distinct political identities, how Rubio positions in the race for the GOP nomination remains a mystery.
Even as Americans wait for Clinton to actually say what she might propose to help the middle class, or to diminish inequality, or to do about police brutality, or to rein in the NSA, or to confront Russia in Europe and negotiate with Cuba and Iran, or … anything really – despite all these unknowns, New Yorkers seem to like her.
That’s not nothing. New Yorkers don’t really like anybody.
Marco Rubio has struggled to make a mark on domestic legislation and has instead tried to assert himself on the foreign relations committee.
Despite his generally affable relations with Senate veterans, Rubio’s voting record tilts conspicuously toward the Tea party at times.
In 2013, he voted not to renew the Violence Against Women Act – the law that made stalking illegal and set up support systems for women. (The law passed anyway.)
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told top donors on Monday that he will run for the White House because he is "uniquely qualified" to represent the Republican Party in the 2016 presidential race, a source familiar with the matter said.
During a conference call with donors, Rubio criticized Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as a leader from yesterday and said the 2016 race will be a choice between the past and the future, the source said.
Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants who rode the anti-establishment Tea Party wave of 2010 to national prominence, will formally announce his presidential bid later on Monday with a speech at Miami's Freedom Tower.
Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.
Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the commanding Democratic front-runner, entered the fray with a flurry of video, email and social media announcements that indicated she had absorbed some of the lessons of her painful 2008 loss and would not take anything for granted this time.
When she lost the Democratic nominating battle to Barack Obama, her campaign was heavily criticized for conveying a sense of arrogance and entitlement, and for being out of touch with the party's progressive wing.