NEW YORK — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed confidence Sunday in her presidential prospects and said she awaits a spirited contest for the 2008 Democratic nomination.
"I'm looking forward to it. It'll be a great contest with a lot of talented people, and I'm very confident. I'm in, I'm in it to win, and that's what I intend to do," she said after her first public appearance since announcing her candidacy Saturday.
Clinton's comments came during a visit to a Manhattan community health clinic, where the New York senator was promoting a federal children's health-care program.
Reflecting her new status as a leading presidential contender, the room was packed with media -- some two dozen television camera crews jockeyed for position with scores of reporters from as far away as Germany.
Clinton said she decided to run after talking to family, friends and supporters since her re-election in November.
"It was a thorough review for me about the problems we confront in the country, the particular strengths and talents I would bring -- both to the race and the White House," Clinton said.
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