Clinton was the third candidate with support in national polls to announce her candidacy, following Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced his candidacy on April 13, the day after Clinton.
Some Democrats saw the proximity of Clinton's campaign announcement to Rubio's as advantageous, as Clinton's announcement might overshadow Rubio's.
Those around her were split in their opinions, reportedly, with Bill Clinton said to be the most in favor of her running again, Chelsea Clinton leaning towards it, but several of her closest aides against it.
Clinton had a very high name recognition of an estimated 99% (only 11% of all voters said they did not know enough about her to form an opinion) and according to Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, she has had strong support from African-Americans, and among college-educated women and single women.
After she ended her tenure as Secretary of State in 2013, speculation picked up sharply, particularly when she listed her occupation on social media as "TBD".
In the meantime, Clinton earned over million giving 51 paid speeches to various organizations, including Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street banks.
While many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top twenty-five hedge-fund managers making more than all of America's kindergarten teachers combined. So, you have to wonder, ‘When does my hard work pay off? Basing her economic philosophy on inclusive capitalism, Clinton proposed a "clawback" which would rescind tax relief and other benefits for companies that move jobs overseas; providing incentives for companies that share profits with employees, communities and the environment, rather than focusing on short-term profits to increase stock value and rewarding shareholders; increasing collective bargaining rights; and placing an "exit tax" on companies that move their headquarters out of America in order to pay a lower tax rate overseas.
Clinton opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), supports the U. Export-Import Bank, and holds that "any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security".
Clinton's main competitor in the 2016 Democratic primary election was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.It was widely speculated that the space would serve as her campaign headquarters.The week following her announcement, she traveled to early primary states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire.Clinton ran ahead in the polls, until Illinois Senator Barack Obama began pulling ahead following the South Carolina primary.In the prolonged primary battle that ensued, during which she received more than 18million votes, Clinton lost the nomination to Obama.