Palmetto Sunrise: Hillary Clinton’s announcement

Then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., address guests at a fundraising event in Chicago, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

COLUMBIA — Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her second presidential bid on Sunday, ending years of speculation.

In a video featuring Americans discussing what they plan to do in 2015, Clinton chimes in about hallway through.

“I’m getting ready to do something too,” Clinton said. “I’m running for president.”

The video strikes a tone that seeks to resonate with the Democratic base of middleclass Americans; from a single mother who is moving for a better school for daughter to two Hispanic brothers opening their first restaurant.

“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times,” Clinton continues in the video. “But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.”

Despite Clinton’s announcement on Sunday, the South Carolina Democratic Party did not issue any statement immediately. But the state Republican Party did. SCGOP Party Chairman Matt Moore said in a written statement Clinton was an unethical political insider who has left a trial of scandals that can’t be erased.

“Even prominent South Carolina Democrats are calling Hillary Clinton ‘secretive’ and saying ‘is this the best we can do?’ We agree,” Moore said. “America needs an honest, principled leader in the White House. Thankfully, Republicans have a strong and diverse set of candidates who will debate the best way to move America forward.”

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