Hillary Clinton launches presidential campaign
Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her much-awaited second campaign for the White House on Sunday, posting a video declaring that she will focus on greater economic security and opportunity for middle-class and poor Americans.
The former first lady, US senator and secretary of state decided against a big public announcement, opting instead for a two-minute, 18-second video statement on her campaign Facebook page, a low-key approach to a candidacy that has been expected for months.
"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," Clinton said, speaking only at the end of the video message which features a series of men, women and children describing their aspirations.
Clinton plans to head to the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, looking to connect with voters directly at coffee shops, day care centers and some private homes. Clinton hopes to avoid making the same stumbles she did in 2008, when she entered the race as a US senator and a heavy favorite only to be upset by Barack Obama in Iowa's lead-off caucuses.
She concluded by saying, "So I'm hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it's your time. And I hope you'll join me on this journey."
This voter-centric approach was picked with a purpose, to show that Clinton is not taking the nomination for granted. Only after about a month of such events will Clinton will give a broader speech outlining more specifics about her rationale for running.（英文新闻稿节选于 China Daily）
重点解析 Key Phrases/Words
1. much-awaited 期待已久的
2. low-key adj. 低调的，软调的
3. candidacy n. 候选人资格，候选人的地位
4. in favor of 赞成，支持（某人或某事物），以…取代
5. aspirations n. 强烈的愿望
6. lead-off 开始，开端
7. caucuse n. 干部会议，核心小组，决策委员会
8. rationale n. 理论的说明，基本原理