Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will officially launch her US presidential campaign on Sunday while en route to Iowa, a source close to the campaign has confirmed.
The wife of former US President, Bill Clinton is scheduled to declare her second run for president on Twitter at noon eastern time on Sunday, April 12, 2015 the source told The Guardian, followed by a video and email announcement, then a series of conference calls mapping out a blitzkrieg tour beginning in Iowa and looking ahead to more early primary 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 shock waves across the world, with the potential for the first female president of the United States.
But Iowa, where Clinton finished third behind Barack Obama and former Senator John Edward in the early caucus in 2008, has been seen as a potential weak spot for a campaign juggernaut.
Clinton has been quietly building a ground operation in Iowa, with a number of staff hires in Iowa including Matt Paul, a long time aide to secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack, to run Clinton’s operation, as well as veteran Iowa operative Brenda Kole as political director and deputy communications director Lily Adams.