Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Presidential Bid in Donor Emails, Plus Watch Her Video Announcement!

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Hillary Clinton officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States on Sunday, April 12 Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Throwing her hat in the ring!

It's official: Hilary Clinton is running for president of the United States once more. The former Secretary of State, New York Senator, and First Lady announced her candidacy bid on Sunday, April 12.

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Clinton, 67, launched her campaign for the 2016 election with emails from her campaign chairman, John Podesta, to donors and others on Sunday afternoon. 

"I wanted to make sure you heard it first from me – it’s official: Hillary’s running for president,” the email reads. Shortly after, Clinton posted a video message on her YouTube page, which featured Americans from all economic classes and at all ages, preparing for new stages in their lives. 

"I'm getting ready to do something too," Clinton says in the clip. "I'm running for president."

Clinton previously lost to President Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

Clinton's plans to run slipped through the cracks on Friday, with several media outlets reporting that she would be making a statement over the weekend. That same day, a new epilogue to Clinton's 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, was published on Huffington Post.

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"You shouldn't have to be the granddaughter of a President or a Secretary of State to receive excellent health care, education, enrichment, and all the support and advantages that will one day lead to a good job and a successful life. That's what we want for all our kids," the passage read, referring to her 6-month-old granddaughter Charlotte.

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"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," she continued. "Becoming a grandmother has made me think deeply about the responsibility we all share as stewards of the world we inherit and will one day pass on. Rather than make me want to slow down, it has spurred me to speed up."

Up next, Clinton is immediately getting to work with planned trips to Iowa and New Hampshire to meet with voters and begin the road to win the ticket at the Democratic convention. The next general presidential election will be held on Nov. 8, 2016.

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