U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally launched her presidential campaign in Iowa, telling voters in the U.S. mid-west that she wants to renew the promise of America. Clinton also asked thousands of supporters at a local school to help make her America's first woman president, saying "we're good at breaking barriers...".
The U.S. Senator from New York spoke of wanting to improve wages and educational opportunities while reigning in the costs of health care and energy. Polls suggests she is the Democratic party front-runner but political analysts say Clinton's presidential hopes will depend on how well she connects with voters in the mid-west and west.
A leading Republican party hopeful, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, visited the northeastern state of New Hampshire Saturday. Iowa and New Hampshire hold early primary votes seen as critical to presidential candidates in both parties.