Hillary Clinton 2016: Don’t Call it Comeback

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ormer U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the press after attending the annual Women’s Empowerment Principles event at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The potential 2016 U.S. presidential contender defended her use of a personal email account for official communications, saying it was “for convenience.” (Niu Xiaolei/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)

Hillary Clinton has officially declared she is running for president in the 2016 election. This is the first presidential election the Class of 2015 will be eligible to vote in, but it’s not Hillary’s first time at running for president.  Clinton also ran in 2008, when she was defeated in the Democratic primary by Barack Obama.  As former first lady, she is also constantly compared to her husband, but will she let that affect her in this race?  Early reports seem to show she has had hard times adjusting to the campaign trail.

Hillary Clinton has survived several scandals in the past, mostly during her husband’s two terms in office. She can now use the previous chapters of her life to help explain how it has molded her into a person and candidate today. She really is not taking a huge step in her evolution from first lady to Senator to her current position as Secretary of State, to move on to presidential candidate–she seems very comfortable in the spotlight.

One thing that should give her an edge against the other candidates is that she is a woman of many firsts. She is the only first lady to be elected to the U.S. senate and the only first lady to become a cabinet secretary.  She has made a steady rise into becoming a professional politician. With the years of political exposure and help from her husband she should be a huge competition for the other candidates.

Already many traditionally “liberal” organizations have basically declared their support for Hillary, although many of them are apparently doing so only because they can’t stand the thought of any of the current Republican candidates getting in.