Hillary Clinton says a friend of hers describes her as "the most famous woman that people don't know." Well, America will get to know her, one way or another, in the next few months, as one of the most anticipated Presidential campaigns in recent history rolls out across the country.
As part of that roll-out, Senator Clinton came to our New York studio this afternoon for an interview, two days after launching her campaign on her Web site. She looked polished and poised – and prepared. She explained why she doesn't support President Bush's "surge" in troops for Iraq. And she talked a bit about her vision for the country, and repeated the phrase she used in her website's announcement Saturday, that she believed America needs a leader who will take steps that are "bold and practical." (You can catch more of the interview on tonight's Evening News.)
Of course, it remains to be seen what specific "bold and practical" plans and policies she'll be outlining – and whether any of that will resonate with the rest of the country.
One thing is certain: with the remarkable lineup of talent from both parties jockeying for position, political junkies will have a field day watching the election season unfold. This promises to be an extraordinary -- and long -- campaign.
There are 652 days until Election Day. Fasten your seatbelts!