ABC News’s Diane Sawyer has won the Hillary Clinton memoir sweepstakes, landing a one-on-one “Primetime Special” interview with the former secretary of state that will air June 9, the night before her book’s release.
Clinton, widely viewed as the (still undeclared) front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has been judicious in granting interviews to reporters since leaving the State Department in February 2013.
The release of her book, entitled “Hard Choices” and published by Simon & Schuster, will change that.
Sawyer gets the first crack at discussing Clinton’s take on her four-year stint as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. ABC’s Robin Roberts will have the first live interview with Clinton the next day on “Good Morning America.”
Clinton, who was first lady during husband Bill Clinton’s two terms as president and afterward served as a senator from New York, ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 2008.
She has said she hasn’t decided whether to run again in 2016. Until she makes a decision, toward the end of this year or early next year, Clinton’s book tour will help keep her in the public eye.
Simon & Schuster writes in promotional material that, in the book, Clinton “offers a candid view of what it will take for the United States to lead the world in the 21st Century and why it matters to the lives of every American.”