Today on her website, New York U.S. Senator and Fmr. U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton announced that she will run for president in 2008. She said on her site , "I'm in and I'm in to win! "She siad she will form a presidential exploratory committee soon. Clinton if successful among democrats would become the first woman nominated by either major political party for president and of course if ultimately successful Hillary will would the first female president. She was likely pushed into making a run so early by Obama's entrance into the race. Hillary now has 2 serious challenges for her party's nomination, Barack Obama and John Edwards. Edwards is standing well in ker early contests and Obama is staying strong nationally. About a month ago polls out of Iowa and NH showed Hillary wasn't unbeatable. Obama has the charisma and youth factor which gave her husband the nomination a little over 14 years ago. Edwards has the electability factor because he is a white male and he stands well against now both McCain and Giuliani. Clinton's announcement was anticipated ever since Gore's loss back in 2000, however she chose to prolong a run to bring the Clintons back into the White House until '08 instead of '04. Hillary's team of speacialized dirt diggers that probably got her leected to the senate have already picked up dirt on her main challenger Barack Obama. This may be her way to the nomination if thiis dirt can bring Obama's numbers back down even after his post-announcement boost. I don't see Hillary getting a post-announcement boost, however it did help her to say she will run and not let Obama take the media's stories. Hillary now might have to face her old challenger Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani like she did in 200o for her senate seat. If Giuliani hadn't come down with cancer then he may of kept her from entering the senate. Now the two are leading contenders for their party's nomination.