SHEEPSHEAD BAY - The field of 2008 presidential candidates widened Saturday when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) announced her bid via her Web site.

Clinton told supporters to expect an open discussion about ending the Iraq war, education and universal health care. The announcement ended months of speculation as to whether the junior senator will run. If Clinton wins, she would be the first woman to hold the position of commander in chief. Many analysts say the senator is politically savvy and knows her way around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. from her time as first lady.

Clinton faces competition from increasingly popular Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), who is new to Congress himself. Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) threw his name into the fight Sunday. 2004 vice presidential nominee and former Senator John Edwards, Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) and former Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA) have also announced their candidacy.

While some Brooklyn residents said they're backing Clinton, others said they don't support the candidate. Voters also called for Obama to run as vice president on her ticket.