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Hillary Clinton Meditates on 'Choices' in New Video–But Not Her Own

In the promotional video for her upcoming book, she refers to economic inequality as a "cancer."

A still frame from a video promoting Hillary Clinton's new book, Hard Choices.

photo of Alex Seitz-Wald
May 28, 2014

In a new video to promote her upcoming book, Hillary Clinton discusses the difficult decisions faced by both individuals and countries, while avoiding her own difficult decision about whether to run for president in 2016.

"I really feel that everybody has hard choices in their lives. And some have a lot more than others, to be honest," the former secretary of State says. "And I saw the same thing with nations and leaders. Countries have hard choices."

"The more I thought about it, I thought, really, choice is at the core of what kinds of people we want to be and what kind of countries we want to have," she adds.


The video, released on the Facebook page of her publisher, Simon & Schuster, is the latest phase of the carefully stage-managed rollout of Hard Choices, her new memoir. 

The first excerpt came on Mother's Day in Vogue magazine, while the publisher released a second excerpt Tuesday to fans who had signed up to receive online updates. The hype-building has been successful, selling out the 1 million copies of the book's first printing before it even becomes formally available. The book will focus on her time as secretary of State.

Clinton, showing that she's in touch with the way the political winds are blowing in today's Democratic Party, goes on to refer to the "cancer of inequality," saying we need to "restore prosperity here at home." "That doesn't happen by accident or by wishing for it, or engaging in ideological or rhetorical battles," she says. "It happens because people come together and make a series of choices, including some hard choices."

Clinton's book hits stores June 10. A book-tour schedule is already taking shape, with stops planned so far in Arlington, Va.; Austin, Texas; and San Francisco, along with two stops in Canada.

In the video, she goes on to say that the book will include "behind-the-scenes insights" from her time as secretary of State, including her relationship with President Obama.

The one choice she doesn't mention is her own. She expect to announce a decision on a presidential bid sometime after the 2014 midterm elections.

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