Hillary Clinton has been the favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination for the past seven years, ever since she conceded defeat in the 2008 nomination race to then-Senator Barack Obama.
In a sense, she’s been running for next year’s nomination ever since; her announcement on Sunday simply made it official.
In a video released Sunday afternoon, Clinton confirmed what everyone in America already assumed was true: she will be seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
Clinton is Likely Nominee for Democrats
“I’m running for president,” Clinton said at the end of the announcement video. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.
Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.”
The official announcement came just a few minutes after donors received an email alerting them that Clinton would be running for president. Clinton is hoping to become the first woman to win a major US political party’s nomination for the presidency.
It’s likely that she’ll be able to do it, too. Clinton is no stranger to being the early leader for the Democratic nomination: that’s the position she held in 2008 before ultimately losing out to President Obama after a bitterly contested race.
However, she wasn’t nearly the favorite then that she will be this year. So far, she is the only major Democratic candidate to announce that they will run for the nomination; Vice President Joe Biden is a potential candidate, but would be hard-pressed to compete with Clinton.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren may also have been a credible long-shot candidate, but has said she will not seek the nomination.
Clinton has given few clues as to how her administration would handle the issue of online poker.
In the past, she has opposed and supported various live casino proposals, and was part of the Senate’s unanimous consent of the SAFE Port Act in 2006, which included the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as an amendment.
She hasn’t made any statements on the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), though it seems unlikely that she would be a proponent of the federal online gambling ban.
Rubio Announces Campaign for GOP Nomination
On Monday, yet another candidate made their presidential campaign official, this time on the Republican side.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio told donors Monday morning that he would be running for the GOP nomination in 2016, making him the third candidate to announce their candidacy on the Republican side. Rubio joins fellow Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the GOP race.
Like Clinton, Rubio has yet to take a public position on RAWA, but he has consistently shown anti-gambling leanings during his time in public office. While he was still serving in the Florida state legislature, he opposed expansion of gambling in the state.
In 2012, Rubio also said that he was “not a big fan” of expanding online gambling either, suggesting that he might be supportive of (or at least open to) an online poker ban as president.
Among the other Republican candidates, Paul’s libertarian leanings have led him to oppose a federal ban on Internet gaming, while Cruz’s position on Internet poker is less clear.