Saturday Night Live Welcomes Hillary Clinton to the Presidential Race

The sketch shows a nervous Clinton struggling to tape an announcement video on her own cellphone.

Actress Kate McKinnon attends the American Museum of Natural History's 2013 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 21, 2013 in New York City.

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One day ahead of Hillary Clinton's planned entry into the 2016 presidential race, Saturday Night Live sent up the former secretary of state with a cold open featuring Kate McKinnon as the almost-candidate and Darrell Hammond as her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The sketch shows a nervous Clinton struggling to tape an announcement video on her own cellphone. “I'm scared. I'm kidding. Let's do this,” the character says, launching into some verbal warm-up exercises, including “Hillary's a granny with a twinkle in her eye.” An assistant suggests she scrap an early take—“Citizens, you will elect me. I will be your leader”—by deleting it from her phone, to which she jokes: “Know a thing or two about that.”

An unhelpful Bill, hovering in the background, interrupts her with jokes about women, cellphone cameras, and a thinly veiled desire to return to politics himself.

In a dig at a potential Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton's character says former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley “sounds like a Simpsons character.” (The real O'Malley tweeted: “For the record, I've always loved The Simpsons.”)

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