The announcement, which came via video on her new campaign website, prompted an immediate reaction from GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who announced his own candidacy for president at Liberty University two weeks ago.
"Hillary Clinton just announced what we've known for a long time — she's running for president, again. But the good news is that we're ready for Hillary — we know exactly what to expect. Hillary Clinton represents the failed policies of the past and there’s going to be a very clear choice to make in 2016. Does America want a third Obama term or are we ready for strong conservative leadership to make America great again? Her announcement raises a critical question: Is the world a safer place because Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State?" Cruz said in a statement. "The answer is obvious. No. The Obama-Clinton national security policies have made the world more dangerous for America and for our allies. She designed and implemented 'leading from behind.' On her watch we have witnessed the rise of Russia, Iran, and ISIS. Radical Islamic terrorists are on the march. Here at home, the Obama-Clinton economic policies have made life harder and harder for millions of hard-working Americans. "We know that a Hillary Clinton Administration would be no different than an Obama Administration."
Cruz also warned that Clinton will uphold President Obama's executive amnesty and Obamacare in addition to attacking constitutional rights held in the First and Second Amendments.
Shortly after Clinton's announcement yesterday, President Obama said she would make an "excellent" president.
"She was a formidable candidate in 2008. She was a great supporter of mine in the general election. She was an outstanding secretary of state. She is my friend," Obama said at a regional summit in Panama.
"I think she would be an excellent president."
Clinton is on her way to Iowa today.