Hillary Clinton takes presidential campaign on the road from New York to Iowa

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a rally for Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., Oct. 16, 2014. | AP Photo

(WRIC) — Hillary Clinton, who offiicially announced her 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday, has already hit the road to the White House — literally.

The former Secretary of State is hitting the ground running. Clinton has embarked on a road trip to Iowa, the first of several major stops on a nationwide tour. She’ll make a few pit stops along the way, too.

A Clinton aide tells ABC News that she left Sunday afternoon from her home in Chappaqua, New York right around the time of her announcement.

She is headed for the small town of Monticello, Iowa where she is expected to hold her first campaign event on Tuesday. The roughly 1,000 mile trip will take her through several other states, depending on her route. She’s likely to include Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

The road trip has been mostly incognito as the new candidate is traveling in her own van without the press. Clinton has nicknamed her van “Scooby,” according to a Clinton campaign aide — a nod to the “Scooby-Doo” cartoon car called “The Mystery Machine.”

The next six to eight weeks will be a “ramp up” period, according to the Clinton campaign. The candidate plans to travel across the country, “engaging directly with voters.” The campaign said that there will be a major kick-off rally sometime in May.

Clinton’s bid for the White House became official with a tweet and video on her campaign website, which showcased everyday Americans with the slogan “Hillary for America.”

Analysts caution the Democrat may be running an up-hill battle.

“The end of eight years, the natural tendency in American politics when a party has had the White House for two terms is to look to the other party,” said Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director of the National Journal. “There is an instinct for change.”

Stay with 8News for the continuing coverage of this developing story.

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