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.
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May 28, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

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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