CHICAGO (CBS) — Hillary Clinton is out with a new book and hitting the speaking circuit hard.
Clinton was the keynote speaker at a meeting of the Food Marketing Institute and the United Fresh Produce Association on Tuesday
The Park Ridge native, former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state wasted no time getting to her new book “Hard Choices,” about her time as the country’s top diplomat, but quickly veered presidential.
“All of us have to be resolved to level the playing field so that everyone gets a fair shot,” Clinton said.
But whether or not she will run for president, she wouldn’t answer. For a woman not ready to commit, Ms. Clinton brought up political issues that are sure to dog her on a campaign trail, like immigration.
“We are stronger if we move toward immigration reform,” Clinton said.
And the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed four Americans on her watch.
“I regret that they were vulnerable,” she said.
Conservative radio host Dan Proft said on that, regret may not cut it.
“She expresses general regret but is recasting what she did or did not do in terms of decision making,” said Proft.
On Clinton’s new book, Proft said, ““I would surmise this is a book that’s intended to launch a presidential campaign.”
CBS 2 called eight stores and only half the stores had the book. The consensus among the store owners was that sales have been a little slow.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports, from the window to the front door, Clinton’s new book is prominently displayed at the Books-A-Million store. Like politics, customers were voting for or against it.
“As a woman who cracked the glass ceiling, I would read her book,” said customer Maryann Wren.
The 635-page memoir is filled with nearly a dozen pages of glossy pictures highlighting Clinton’s life, and years as Secretary of State working alongside her one-time rival, President Barack Obama.
About the day they buried their differences, she writes, “We stared at each other like two teenagers on an awkward first date…”
Clinton also told the audience that, after withdrawing from the 2008 presidential race, she twice turned down Obama when he asked her to serve as Secretary of State twice, before finally accepting the Cabinet post.