WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is embarking on a book tour this week that will feature overtones of a potential presidential campaign in 2016 and could offer a window into the former Secretary of State’s stamina and how she might present her rationale for another White House bid.
Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices,” will be released on Tuesday, accompanied by interviews with ABC News and other news organizations. Clinton will appear at book events this week in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and suburban Washington, D.C.
The former first lady remains the leading Democratic contender for the White House if she chooses to run for president again and Republicans have aggressively challenged her record at the State Department in anticipation of another campaign.
In her new book, Clinton presents her four years as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat as a period of tough decision-making that sought to repair relationships around the globe and reshape American foreign policy.
Clinton’s words have been carefully parsed for clues to her thinking about 2016. In an excerpt of an interview with ABC News that aired Sunday, the former first lady said she looks forward to traveling the country to promote the book and would “help in the midterm elections in the fall and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses.”
She suggested her timetable could stretch into 2015, and said she would decide on running “when it feels right for me to decide.”
But she also told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that potential Democratic primary rivals were free to “do whatever they choose to do” and recalled that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, didn’t launch his first presidential campaign until the fall of 1991. Some Democrats worry that by freezing the field, she could leave other Democrats at a disadvantage if she decides not to run.