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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Book tour kicks off Hillary's road to White House

David Usborne

Published 10/06/2014|02:30

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Reuters
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Reuters

There is no race for US president this year or next, but one woman will today take a very public step towards ensuring she'll be ready to jump in when the time comes.

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Welcome to the Hillary Book Tour, which is less about selling books in 2014 than about assembling votes for 2016. The velvet ropes at the Barnes & Noble bookshop in Manhattan' will drop shortly before 11am and for Hillary Clinton, showtime will have begun. As each eager fan approaches her table, she will smile, she will sign the inside cover page of her book, 'Hard Choices', and she will say: "I don't know yet."

She won't mind the question almost everyone will be asking.

"Will she or won't she?" Of course she will. It seems reasonable to assume she hasn't decided not to run, or there wouldn't be a book tour or possibly even a book. She was asked it, of course, in the first big TV interview of the tour – with Diane Sawyer on ABC – that was set to be broadcast last night. Interviews with all the other major networks will follow. Can we expect a decision in 2015?

"I'm not positive about that, but the way I make decisions, that is probably likely," Mrs Clinton replies.

With the book's release also comes some polling that will do nothing to discourage Mrs Clinton's wider ambitions.

The ABC-Washington Post poll shows her with the support of 66pc of Democratic voters.

Her putative rivals, vice president Joe Biden and Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, trail far behind with 12pc and 7pc support respectively. (© Independent News Service)

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