Hillary Rodham Clinton has made her first public appearance since throwing her hat into the ring for the US presidency. Visiting a health clinic in Manhattan, the former first lady set out her concerns, amid a group of youngsters. “I am worried about the future of our country and I want to help put it back on the right course so that we can work together to meet the challenges that confront us at home and abroad in order to secure a better future for all of these children,” she said.
The New York Senator announced her widely-anticipated bid to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination on Saturday. She hopes to become the first woman to take control of the White House. Hillary Clinton leads a pool of Democratic hopefuls including Illinois Senator Barack Obama. His bid could make him the first black president of the US.
Another Democrat meanwhile is hoping to become America’s first Hispanic president. A former energy secretary and US ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson joins a growing field of people running for the Democratic nomination.
For them, the campaigning starts now, although the US does not go to the polls until November 4, 2008.