CONCORD, N.H. -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton filed for the New Hampshire primary on Monday, surrounded by hundreds of cheering supporters in a scene that's not completely unfamiliar to her.
This was actually Clinton's fourth time doing this ritual in Secretary of State Bill Gardner's office. She came in to file for her husband Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, for his 1996 re-election campaign, and for her own 2008 campaign. When she arrived with her paperwork, Gardner pointed out a picture of her on the wall at a rally from her last run for the White House.
As each candidate walks through Gardner's office to file for the primary, they write a quick message and sign a "Notice to Voters" sheet. Clinton wrote "Fighting For Our Future" along with her signature.
Clinton became the first woman to win a presidential primary in 2008 when she beat out then-Sen. Barack Obama in the Granite State. New Hampshire also helped launched her husband’s surprise success in the 1992 election.
Clinton said that New Hampshire voters could see Bill Clinton up in the state campaigning for her in the future.
"I don’t think I could keep him away," she told reporters after filing. "I think he really loves coming to New Hampshire as some of you know, and he’s been a great help, he’s been a great advisor, a great you know supporter in what I’ve done, and will continue to do so."
When Bernie Sanders came to file for the primary last week, there were questions over whether he will run into any issues since it's a requirement to be a registered Democrat or Republican and he has been a long-time Independent. Clinton was asked about that situation and her advocacy for her party, and responded, "I’ve been a Democrat for a very long time. I also, as a Democrat, have not only worked on behalf of issues and causes that I believe in, but I’ve supported a lot of democrats over the years. I’ve campaigned for them, I’ve raised money for them, I’ve encourage them to run, and I will continue to do that."
Clinton was also asked about the recent controversy with murky details in Ben Carson's background, but deflected, saying, "I'm going to let him run his campaign, respond however he chooses to."
Even though she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, Clinton said she wouldn't lobby Congress on the issue. "I think that it’s appropriate for the congressional leadership and the members of congress and the administration to battle that out," she said. "If they want to know what I think I am more than happy to tell them. I’ve come out against it."
After filing, Clinton walked outside to a crowd of more than 900 charged supporters and proclaimed, "I can't tell you how great it feels to be back in New Hampshire!"
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore also filed for the primary on Monday and defended his candidacy as he stays low in the polls and hasn't been able to qualify for the recent debates. "This is still America. This is still a democracy," he said.
Gilmore and Clinton are, respectively, the 8th and 9th major candidates to file for the 2016 New Hampshire primary.