With the launch of her book tour which will create a wave of publicity and appearances through the duration of 2014, Hillary Clinton says she’ll decide on a presidential run by the end of this year. This tidbit comes from an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in which Clinton addressed a number of topics from 2016 to Benghazi.
Report from ABC News:
Hillary Clinton wants more time through the end of the year to think about whether she’ll run for president in 2016, the former secretary of state told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview in advance of Tuesday’s release of her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”
“I will be on the way to making a decision by the end of the year, yes,” she told Sawyer.
But first, Clinton said, she’ll go on a book-signing tour beginning this week and she plans to campaign for Democratic candidates running in 2014.
“Certainly not before then,” Clinton said, referring to the end of 2014. “I just want to kind of get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall, and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses about what I will – and will not – be thinking about as I make the decision.”
Clinton said it is “probably likely” that she will not make an announcement until next year. [Emphasis added]
“I’m not positive about that, but I think, you know, the way I make decisions, that’s probably likely,” Clinton said.
When asked about testifying before the Benghazi select committee, Clinton demurred:
“That’s going to be up to the people running the hearing,” she said. “We’ll see what they decide to do, how they conduct themselves, whether or not this is, you know, one more travesty about the loss of four Americans, or whether this is, in the best tradition of the Congress, an effort to figure out how – what we can do better.”
So far, her new book has held reasonably strong sitting at number 4 on Amazon.com. Anyone care to read it?
Update: Here’s the full interview with Diane Sawyer:
Any thoughts if you watch the whole thing?