DES MOINES, Iowa – According to several national media sources, Hillary Clinton is expected to announce that she will run for president while on her way to Iowa this weekend.
“The Guardian” cites an anonymous source who is familiar with Clinton’s campaign. The announcement is expected to come via a video announcement Sunday at 11 AM CDT over Twitter while Clinton is en route from New York to Iowa where she will begin a tour of early primary states.
Local group “Ready for Hillary” would not confirm, nor comment on the announcement. While taping Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” Friday morning, former Iowa governor and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack would also not confirm the rumors.
“I read what everyone is reporting. Look, it’s that time of year and that time of the process and people are beginning to make these decisions,” said Secretary Vilsack.
While the rumors circulate, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) are in Iowa testing the waters with Iowa voters.
In 2008, Hillary Clinton finished third in the Iowa Caucuses behind President Barack Obama and former North Carolina senator John Edwards.
Kay Henderson, the news director for Radio Iowa said Clinton struggled to reach Iowa voters in 2008.
“I think last time around, Hillary Clinton had the same kind of constraints did that Al Gore did early on. They were both public figures with Secret Service protection which made it difficult for them to hold the kind of events that let them meet and greet Iowans on a personal basis,” Henderson told Channel 13 News.