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Hillary Clinton, artful dodger of 'the question'

18 June 2014, 22:00

Washington - She said on Tuesday she's been asked "a million different ways," but during her book tour Hillary Clinton has perfected her dodge to the oft-repeated question: Will she run for president?

A simple "I don't know yet" no longer suffices for anxious Americans eager to see whether the person who tops nearly all polls as the presumptive 2016 White House frontrunner will throw her hat in the ring.

"I've been asked this a million different ways," Clinton told a live town hall event on Tuesday broadcast on CNN.

"I am thinking about all of the choices I face. And I'm trying not to get into the decision-making mode, where I'm going pluses and minus and the rest."

The 66-year-old Clinton has artfully avoided giving away too much too soon as she criss-crosses the country, first in a speech series and now on tour peddling "Hard Choices," her memoir about her tenure running the State Department.

Remaining ubiquitous

At the risk of overexposure, Clinton has made herself ubiquitous. In just the past week she has given interviews to US networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News, to Britain's BBC, Germany's ZDF and Canada's CTV.

Print interviews include Paris Match, Stern and People magazine, and she has held book signings or given addresses in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Boston and Washington. At virtually every stop, the question is unavoidable.

"I know I have a decision to make," she told People recently, deflecting yet another attempt at gleaning the slightest hint about her plans.

"I'm going to decide when it feels right for me to decide," she told ABC, adding that such a decision would be announced after November's mid-term congressional elections, and perhaps as late as early 2015.

The question is also most likely being posed by the senators with whom she served in Washington for eight years and who openly back her candidacy, and by the deep-pocketed donors who hope for a Clinton return to the White House.

"Well, I am running - around the park," she chuckled to ABC's daytime talk show "The View" late last month.

Renewing the American dream

She has turned serious too, writing in her memoir that the question is less can you win the election but "'What's your vision for America?' and 'Can you lead us there?'

"The challenge is to lead in a way that unites us again and renews the American Dream. That's the bar, and it's a high one," she wrote.

She is also leaning on a convenient personal excuse: her status as grandmother-in-waiting, with daughter Chelsea expecting her first baby later this year.

"I don't know what I will want to do after this new person comes into our family," she told CTV.

Meanwhile, "I love my life right now," she told NBC. "I want to feel that I'm making the best choice for me as well as the best choice for my country."



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