Hillary Clinton on Hard Choices: ‘That’s What Any President Faces’

It’s only Day 2 of the former secretary of State’s media blitz, and her book tour sounds a lot like a campaign run.

National Journal
Marina Koren
June 10, 2014, 3:48 a.m.

In her new book, Hil­lary Clin­ton takes on the ques­tion every­one’s been ask­ing her.

“Will I run for pres­id­ent in 2016?” she writes. “The an­swer is, I haven’t de­cided yet.”

But the former sec­ret­ary of State cer­tainly had a po­ten­tial bid in mind when she wrote Hard Choices, out Tues­day.

“The reas­on I called this book Hard Choices is be­cause that’s what any pres­id­ent faces,” Clin­ton said dur­ing a Tues­day morn­ing in­ter­view on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica, which covered her health, Pres­id­ent Obama’s for­eign policy de­cisions, and her “dead broke” com­ment. Clin­ton launched her me­dia blitz to pro­mote the book Monday night, with Di­ane Saw­yer on ABC. “I re­mem­ber very well my hus­band be­ing in the White House, mak­ing some hard choices that were not pop­u­lar at the time but be­ing able to per­severe, and every­body could see the res­ults.”{{ BIZOBJ (video: 5016) }}

In her book, Clin­ton says she wants to ex­plain to Amer­ic­ans “how any pres­id­ent, I don’t care what party you’re in, what per­spect­ive or ex­per­i­ence you have, any pres­id­ent will face hard choices.”

Pair this rhet­or­ic with her as­ser­tion Monday night that the scan­dal sur­round­ing the 2012 at­tack in Benghazi is “more of a reas­on to run,” and Clin­ton’s book tour sounds a lot more like the be­gin­nings of a cam­paign.

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