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“Im getting ready to do something, too. Im running for President. 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 thatMore“Im getting ready to do something, too. Im running for President. 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. So you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead and stay ahead, because when families are strong, America is strong. So Im hitting the road to earn your vote, because its your time and I hope youll join me on this journey.”- Hillary Clinton, April 12, 2015And with that short declaration, Hillary Rodham Clinton ended more than six years of media and voter speculation and formally announced her intent to – once again – seek her party’s nomination for the presidency of the United States of America. In so doing, she joined several Republican rivals who had already formally declared themselves as candidates for their party’s nomination – as well as an even larger contingent of GOP standouts who are expected to follow suit.Her apparent inevitability as the Democratic Party nominee aside, there are a few basic questions that many Americans find themselves asking:Who is Hillary Clinton? How did she go from being the spouse of a previous President to her party’s leading contender for the Presidency in 2016? What is there in her background that qualifies her to even consider herself competent or trustworthy enough to occupy the White House?What exactly is it that has anyone contemplating the notion that she could ascend to the highest office in the land?In listening to people as they discuss her candidacy, there seems to be one common theme: most of the people doing the talking seem unsure as to who she really is. They can often list her previous jobs, but few seem to have any real grasp on her actual beliefs. Fewer still have managed to even attempt to cite anything resembling a list of actual accomplishments that would demonstrate the sort of commitment to competency that most Americans still expect from their elected leaders.And while some in the Democratic Party would be perfectly content to ride her intraparty rock star status all the way to the White House, the average voter may be far less inclined to blindly join that sort of cult of personality. Many already feel disillusioned by their support for the last Democrat to ascend to the Presidency, and may be less inclined to be swept away in the same tide of emotion and baseless optimism that captured their votes in 2008.So, who is she? And how exactly is she, alone among all the tens of millions of Democrats in this nation of more than 300 million people, somehow considered the only one in her party who can save it from losing its hold on the Executive branch? She is the frontrunner… but why?