It's her second and likely final shot at the Democratic nomination. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 presidential bid on April 12 with a Tweet and a campaign video in which she cast herself as the champion of a middle class still struggling to emerge from recession. "Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top," Clinton said. "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion." Clinton repeated that theme in the formal announcement speech she gave June 13 on Roosevelt Island in New York. "Prosperity can't be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can't be just for billionaires and corporations," she said.
Since her announcement, Clinton has since become even more bold while speaking about economic issues. The unexpected rise of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has pushed Clinton's economic posture to the left, including announcing her support of debt-free college, crack down of large financial institutions and opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
After losing a fierce campaign against then-Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008, Clinton served four years as his Secretary of State. Clinton has been a fixture in American politics since her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected president in 1992. The former First Lady began her electoral career by winning a senate seat from New York in 2000, just as the Clintons were preparing to leave the White House.
Clinton has faced a unexpected challenge by independent Sen. Bernie Sanders who has appealed to young voters and middle income Americans. Clinton, however, continues to be the Democratic frontrunner, winning 10 states so far in the primary contest.