"It's time to renew the promise of America," the senator said in an online video. "Our basic bargain. That no matter who you are, or where you live, if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can build a good life for yourself and your family."
"I grew up in a middle class family in the middle of America," she added. "We believe in that promise. I still do."
In the video, the senator sketched a rough outline of her top policy priorites: "bringing the right end to the war in Iraq;" restoring America's respect; promoting energy independence; responsible government spending; and modernizing health care.
An early preview of her commitment to the Great Lakes region will come this March, at Great Lakes Day in Washington D.C., when lawmakers reintroduce legislation that aims to advance a public works project to restore the waters of the Great Lakes, revive the region's central cities, and put people back to work in struggling places like Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin - the very heart of the United States.