Pundits are saying that US president wannabe Hillary Clinton is using her ‘Hard Choices’ book tour to see if Americans are ready — and they're probably right.
The reception Clinton gets is likely to help her decide whether to launch a bid to be elected the first woman US president. So far, polls point to her as the overwhelming favourite for the Democratic presidential nomination should she run.
Clinton says she will make up her mind about a presidential run after congressional elections in November, though many Democrats think she will run. Those close to her say the book tour will help her decide.
Clinton — a woman whose every move, from her hairstyle to her pending status as a grandmother, is watched with an unsparing eye — will use the book tour to shift the conversation to her foreign policy record.
“I think essentially this is to gauge what the reaction is to the book and gauge what the reaction is as she tours the country,” said a Clinton associate. The tour allows her to “get her toe in the water without drowning,” the associate added.