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Hillary Clinton to Announce 2016 Bid Sunday with Video

In this Dec. 31, 2007, file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., smiles while speaking at a campaign stop at Muscatine West Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa. Clinton last left Iowa on an “excruciating” night, the beginning of the end of her White House campaign. She returns for the first time this weekend, not quite yet running for president, but sure to hear cheers from a crowd of Democrats hoping she will. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
In this Dec. 31, 2007, file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., smiles while speaking at a campaign stop at Muscatine West Middle School in Muscatine, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton is planning to launch her presidential candidacy on Sunday through a video message on social media, a person close to her campaign-in-waiting tells CNN, followed immediately by traveling to early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire to start making her case to voters.

The trip to Iowa, where a third-place finish in 2008 ultimately led to the collapse of her presidential aspirations, illustrates what aides say is a commitment to not take anything for granted in her second bid for the White House, even though she dominates the likely Democratic field in 2016.

Clinton has already filmed her campaign video, a person close to the campaign said, which outlines the central themes of her second bid for the White House. The message is intended to send a signal to Democrats that she intends to aggressively fight for the party’s presidential nomination.

A new epilogue of her book, “Hard Choices,” an excerpt of which was released Friday to the Huffington Post, offers a glimpse into why she is embarking on another presidential campaign. She writes about her new granddaughter, Charlotte, and calls for equal opportunity for her generation.

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