Clinton Book Tour Has Campaign Feel

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from The Wall Street Journal,

She said it may not be until 2015 before she reveals her plans, but Hillary Clinton is already sounding and acting like a full-fledged candidate set on running for the presidency in 2016.

Around the release of her new book, “Hard Choices,” this week, Mrs. Clinton is set to appear on all the major television networks. She will talk at a town-hall-style event in Washington, D.C., attend book signings and give speeches.

Mrs. Clinton’s public appearances have the feel of campaign events. She ended a speech in Denver last week with the line: “Please join me in making some hard choices for America,” a nod both to her book and possible presidential ambitions.

A Democratic strategist who is considered a possible Clinton campaign manager in 2016, Robby Mook, has been meeting with top aides to Mrs. Clinton and discussing strategies to win enough states to clinch the White House, two people familiar with the matter said.

In an interview with ABC News, a snippet of which aired Sunday morning, Mrs. Clinton said she would use the rest of the year to promote her book, stump for candidates in the midterm elections and think about her future.

Asked by interviewer Diane Sawyer if she expects to announce her plans in 2015, she said; “I’m not positive about that, but the way I make decisions, that is probably likely.”

The rollout for her book has been carefully choreographed, thrusting her front-and-center on her own terms. A cover story in People magazine last week offered warm scenes of Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, binge-watching the Netflix NFLX -1.64% TV show “House of Cards.”

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll showed she is running more than 50 points ahead of any other prospective candidate in the 2016 Democratic field. She had the support of 66% of people who leaned Democratic, compared with just 12% for the second-place finisher, Vice President Joe Biden.

In a head-to-head matchup against one possible Republican presidential candidate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Mrs. Clinton led by 10 points, the survey showed.

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