Report: Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 presidential bid Sunday afternoon

The former secretary of state will declare her second run via Twitter at noon EDT, en route to Iowa

By Jenny Kutner
Published April 10, 2015 12:37PM (EDT)
  (AP/Susan Walsh)
(AP/Susan Walsh)

Well, we knew it was coming, but now we have a better timeline: Hillary Clinton is reportedly set to announce her second presidential bid this Sunday at noon eastern time.

Sources confirmed to The Guardian that the former secretary of state will announce via Twitter en route to Iowa, then follow shortly with video and email messages. More from The Guardian:

Clinton’s Sunday schedule is booked beginning with takeoff from New York to Iowa, where speculation has centered for weeks that Clinton was focusing attention for an April campaign launch. Her scheduled calls are with advisers in other key battleground states.

Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the contours of Clinton’s campaign kickoff schedule. Another source close to the Clinton campaign confirmed Clinton would be in Iowa in the coming days.

Clinton will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to declare for the 2016 presidential election, and is widely considered the frontrunner within the party.

Former Senator Jim Webb has launched an exploratory committee, as have several Republican contenders. But Clinton’s declaration of her second run for the White House was expected to send political shockwaves across the world, with the potential for the first female president of the United States.

Clinton struggled in Iowa during her 2008 bid for the White House, coming in third behind Barack Obama and John Edwards, and could still face challenges in the state. Recent polls show Republican contender Rand Paul leading Clinton by 1 percentage point, although the former secretary has reportedly built a solid ground of operations for the primary in anticipation of her announcement.

Last week, reports surfaced that Clinton had finalized lease agreements on a campaign headquarters space in Brooklyn, giving her a limited window to declare her candidacy under federal election laws. Of course, that's not the only indicator that her announcement has been coming -- once again, who here is surprised?

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