This can’t exactly be categorized as “breaking news”, but it looks like Hillary Clinton will take the first formal steps toward a White House run today:
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will embark on a widely anticipated campaign for the White House Saturday — a former first lady intent on becoming the nation’s first female president.
Clinton was expected to disclose plans to form a presidential exploratory committee on her Web site, according to Democratic officials familiar with the matter.
Clinton’s planned announcement, coming days after Sen. Barack Obama shook up the 2008 race with his bid to become the first black to occupy the White House, establishes the most diverse political field. Clinton is considered the front-runner, with Obama and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards top contenders. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who would be the first Hispanic, intends to announce his plans on Sunday.
With millions in the bank, a vast network of supporters and top status in nearly every poll of Democratic contenders, Clinton has launched the most viable effort by a female candidate to capture the White House. She is the first presidential spouse to pursue the office; her husband, Bill, served two terms in the White House from 1993-2001.
Let the games begin.
Update: It’s official, see the announcement on her website.