Hillary Clinton’s Test: A Third Straight Democratic Term

Hillary Clinton’s Test: A Third Straight Democratic Term

In this Dec. 31, 2007, file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., smiles while speaking at a campaign stop at Muscatine West Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa. Clinton last left Iowa on an “excruciating” night, the beginning of the end of her White House campaign. She returns for the first time this weekend, not quite yet running for president, but sure to hear cheers from a crowd of Democrats hoping she will. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

David Jackson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON (USA Today)—Hillary Clinton will announce her presidential candidacy on Sunday, seeking to become the first woman in history to win the nation¹s highest office, several news organizations reported Friday.

Clinton will release a video announcing her long-awaited candidacy, then travel to Iowa to begin campaigning, according to The Washington Post and the Associated Press, both of which cited anonymous sources “familiar with her plans.” USA TODAY could not immediately confirm the reports, though Clinton’s announcement has been expected for days.

In seeking to follow President Obama after his two terms in office, she will be trying to buck a historical trend — one recently cited by former president Bill Clinton.

“It’s hard for any party to hang on to the White House for 12 years, and it’s a long road,” Bill Clinton said in an interview with Town & Country magazine. “A thousand things could happen.”