Hillary Clinton is officially running for president.
The news was leaked in an email from her campaign manager, former chief of staff to President Clinton and counselor to Obama John Podesta, shortly before her video announcement.
Podesta, who was also president of the Center for American Progress think-tank, left the Obama administration in February.
The video with her announcement was released at the point her campaign website, HillaryClinton.com, went live.
The campaign video focuses on Americans making transitions, whether planting a spring garden or getting ready for a baby. “Retirement means reinventing yourself in many ways,” one woman in the video says.
“I’m getting ready to do something, too,” Hillary then says in the video. “I’m running for president.”
“The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” the former first lady and secretary of State continues, striking a tone favored by supporters of Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) or Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “Everyday 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. Because when families are strong, America is strong.”
“So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it’s your time, and I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) was maybe the quickest lawmaker to issue a Clinton endorsement.
“Whoopee, Hillary is off and running! I’m ready for Hillary. And America is ready for Hillary. She is going to break that glass ceiling once and for all,” said Mikulski, who’s retiring at the end of this Congress.
“When we put Hillary in the Oval Office, she will make history and change history. She will take our hopes and dreams with her. She’s got the right stuff and the right agenda – jobs, families, opportunity for all. Hillary 2016!”
The Democratic National Committee issued a statement stressing that it’s “just the beginning of the next race for the White House,” but “a crucial period to spread the word on why our 45th president should be a Democrat.”
“We are so excited to welcome her to the race,” the DNC said of Hillary.
Clinton’s campaign said she’ll stop in Iowa this week, “ramping up” to another campaign kickoff in mid-May, including house parties in all 50 states.
The “ramp up” will include building “a nation-wide grassroots organization” as Clinton spends time “engaging directly with voters.”