Hillary Clinton declares 2016 presidential bid

With little competition in her party, the former secretary of state and wife of ex-President Bill Clinton is the Democrat frontrunner (Reuters)

Democrat Hillary Clinton told Americans on in a video Sunday that she wants to be their champion as she declared her long-expected 2016 presidential run.

Soon after the announcement, in her first message on her official Twitter account - which changed visually to reflect the 67-year-old former Secretary of State's hotly-awaited bid - Clinton said that she would be heading to Iowa first to kickstart her campaign.

The state of Iowa is a key battleground for presidential hopefuls, who wish to start their campaigns off with early victory in its caucuses, an early indication of who might win the nomination of their political party at that party's national convention.

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Clinton is the third major figure to announce her U.S. presidential aspirations, and is aiming to be the first female president.

In a video released on hillaryclinton.com, Clinton highlighted the theme of economic inequality, saying "the deck is still stacked in favor" of those at the top of the income ladder. 

See the video of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid announcement:

Clinton enters the Democratic primaries in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama, who she lost a bruising contest with when the latter won the party nomination. 

Within a half hour of Clinton's announcement, the campaign kickoff video posted to her Facebook page had been viewed nearly 90,000 times and she topped the list of topics trending on Twitter.

The campaign is aware of the pitfalls of star power. In a memo made public on Saturday, Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, told staff to stay humble.

"We are humble: we take nothing for granted, we are never afraid to lose, we always out-compete and fight for every vote we can win," he said.

Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion

Statement posted on Hillary Clinton's official website announcing her 2016 presidential bid

Yet Republicans are already trying to link Clinton to Obama. They say electing her would be no different from giving Obama a third term.

“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times. But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she said.

Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul rolled out their campaigns in recent weeks.

Senator Marco Rubio is widely expected to announce his campaign on Monday, and ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush - son and brother of former presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush, respectively, is actively considering a run.

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