First there was one, then there were four. On the heels of candidacy announcements by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul come two more: Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio.

Clinton announced her candidacy on Sunday in a two-minute video. The video featured scenes of people, predominantly minorities, preparing to do various things. Near the end, Clinton appeared and said, “I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for president.”

“Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion,” Clinton said. “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.”

Rubio had more to say when he announced his candidacy at the Freedom Tower in Miami. “Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday,” Rubio said. “Yesterday’s over, and we’re never going back.”

Rubio said the “dangerous concessions” to Iran and the “hostility” towards Israel need to end. “We must change the decisions we are making, by changing the people who are making them,” he said. “That is why tonight, grounded by the lessons of our history, but inspired by the promise of our future, I announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”

“I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as president,” he said. “I have a debt to America I must try to repay.”

More candidates will be announced over the next few months as the primary election approaches. It remains to be seen who will secure the nominations for the various parties.

Besides writing, R. McKinley loves reading (especially historical fiction and science books), playing piano and flute, being involved in politics and community, working out, enjoying nature, and hanging out with four wonderful cats.