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Hillary Clinton embarks on book tour - or is it campaign trail?

Published on Jun 8, 2014 11:08 AM
In this May 14, 2014 file photo, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smiles before speaking at the World Bank in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hillary Clinton embarks this week on her most high-profile tour since leaving the State Department, a cross-country bonanza where the American public and media will focus as much on her political future as her past.

Of course, she is hawking her new memoir too. "Hard Choices," which details her four-year tenure as President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, hits bookshelves on Tuesday and is the rationale for the publicity blitz.

But the optics of Clinton's weeks-long book tour, when she comes face to face with voters and refreshes some of the skills she has not used as much since leaving public office last year, unavoidably suggest the opening salvo of a 2016 presidential run.

Team Hillary has spent months carefully crafting a systematic rollout of the most anticipated book of the year, teasing the Beltway press corps with excerpts about her response to the deadly attacks in Benghazi and how America remains the "indispensable nation."

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