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Hillary Clinton kicks off her second bid for the White House with a road trip

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Ms Clinton tweeted: 'Road trip! Loaded the van & set off for IA. Met a great family when we stopped this afternoon. Many more to come. -H'
Ms Clinton tweeted: 'Road trip! Loaded the van & set off for IA. Met a great family when we stopped this afternoon. Many more to come. -H'

Hillary Clinton is kicking off her second bid for the White House with a road trip, riding from New York to her first campaign stop on Tuesday in Iowa.

Ms Clinton put an end to months of speculation on Sunday by officially announcing her candidacy for president, giving the former secretary of state another shot at cracking the highest glass ceiling in American politics.

She was spotted on Sunday evening chatting with people at a gas station in Pennsylvania.

Clinton later tweeted a picture from her trip.

Clinton is riding in a van, which she has nicknamed "Scooby," an aide said, because it reminds her of the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine from the classic television cartoon. Asked whether she was behind the wheel, an aide said Clinton is riding and the Secret Service is driving.

The initial word came in an email to supporters from John Podesta, a longtime Clinton ally, then a video launched on YouTube and a newly minted Facebook page.

"I'm getting ready to do something too. I'm running for president," Clinton said in the video. "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 I'm hitting the road to earn your vote, because it's your time. And I hope you'll join me on this journey."

The video was shot last week, a campaign official told CNN. Clinton's part was shot in New York with the rest of the video shot in places including Iowa and New Hampshire, a campaign official told CNN.

She is scheduled to have her first campaign appearance on Tuesday in the small eastern Iowa town of Monticello, about 1,000 miles from New York.

She did not have any public stops planned on Monday, but now will be chugging through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois before arriving in Iowa. It's the first sign she intends to campaign differently than during her first bid for the White House.

The initial word came in an email to supporters from John Podesta, a longtime Clinton ally, then a video launched on YouTube and a newly minted Facebook page.

"I'm getting ready to do something too. I'm running for president," Clinton said in the video. "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 I'm hitting the road to earn your vote, because it's your time. And I hope you'll join me on this journey."