How national Republicans plan to talk about Hillary Clinton's book
June 9th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
4 months ago

How national Republicans plan to talk about Hillary Clinton's book

Washington (CNN) - No eye-catching achievement at State. No signature doctrine. No strategy.

Those are just some of the buzzwords and phrases national Republicans are going to be using when describing Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-out memoir "Hard Choices" and her time as America's top diplomat.

On Monday, the Republican National Committee will distribute a briefing book of talking points for a wide range of Republican-elected officials, campaigns, surrogates and pundits. With the briefing book, which is primarily a compilation of other research documents the party has released, the RNC hopes to hone the Republican message around Clinton's memoir, which is set to hit bookshelves Tuesday.

There are seven areas that national Republicans hope their communicators and politicians will focus on when talking about Clinton's book: Benghazi, Russia, the Arab Spring, Asia, Israel, Iran and her overall management of the State Department.

The 47-page book argues that Clinton, the Democratic Party's likely frontrunner for the 2016 nomination should she run, "shied away from serious diplomacy" in her time at State and attempts to use those areas to prove their point.

"It's clear Hillary Clinton is testing the waters for a 2016 run for the White House but questions continue to surface about her failed record at the State Department from Benghazi to the Russian Reset and Boko Haram," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Among the top issues Republicans hope to highlight: Benghazi, an issue they write "continues to be the defining moment of Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State."

The RNC hopes Republican communicators will hit on the fact that "those responsible for the Benghazi attack" have not been brought to justice and that a Senate report from early 2014 found that the attack was "preventable."

In a Senate report put out in January, the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya was deemed "likely preventable" based on known security shortfalls and warnings that the security situation there was deteriorating.

The RNC has also begun a booking operation around the book, according to Kirsten Kukowski, the group's spokesman, that plans to respond to what is likely to be an uptick in Clinton coverage over the next few weeks.

So far, Clinton has agreed to interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News. Kukowski said that the RNC has already begun urging those networks to book Republican guests in response to the former first lady.

The research book also stresses tying Clinton to Obama's foreign policy. On issues such as Russia and Asia, the book, using news stories on different issues, ties decisions that Clinton has made with Obama.

"Hillary is trying to have it both ways, trying to distance herself from Obama's failed policies that Americans don't like and using those same policies to try to run for President," Priebus said. "We are going to make sure voters have all the facts about the Clinton-Obama foreign policy."

Pro-Clinton outside groups have argued that Clinton's time at the State Department was a highlight in her career and have tried to trumpet what they see as high points, including negotiating a 2012 cease-fire in Gaza, working to kill Osama bin Laden and helping to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"In her four years as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton helped restore America’s leadership and standing in the world," Correct the Record, a pro-Clinton messaging and research group, argues on their website. "Secretary Clinton worked tirelessly to revitalize American diplomacy and strengthen alliances by traveling nearly a million miles to meet with foreign leaders in 112 countries, more than any other secretary of state in history."

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    The kochs and adelsons and roves of the world come up with the talking points (as was stated by one of the three fools on faus news morning show) they snail mail it to their talking heads and the fun begins.
    We are on to you. It's almost the same words attacking anything that is right for our country.

    June 9, 2014 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  2. king

    The repubs plan is to throw stones like hell upon Clinton brick house. The problem is the repubs have no idea for policies. The few they had Obama took them make them work, and caused the repubs to abandoned ship. They are like a fish out of water, the only thing they can do now is keep sitting on the side and throw stones like they've been doing for the past 6 years and hope the American people keep watching fox right wing propaganda news and stay backward as hell.

    June 9, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The Republican Party is just like the Westboro Baptist Church congregation; disgusting, vile, and always wrong. Photo ops and money are all they got.

    June 9, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  4. Anonymous

    what a pathetic bunch of fools organize to tear someone rather than building something. Clinton is bad, so what? What is your plan to build America? How discrediting a mother (soon to be a grandma), former two time first lady, a senator and America's diplomat make you attractive to the voters?

    June 9, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    The Republican Party had better hope that people forget that they tried and convicted an American soldier on hearsay.

    June 9, 2014 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  6. RWB1956

    This will only work on the people who would never vote for her anyway. Another wonderful "strategy".

    June 9, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    They are scared ishless of Hillary. It's kind of hard to win the game when half your team is doing everything possible to make you lose.

    That would be the equivalent of Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen helping San Antonio while blaming LeBrod James for losing. And yes I know I said LeBrod.

    June 9, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  8. salty dog

    Madam president, say it with us just, it only hurts a little .

    June 9, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Books that are works of fiction, have no purpose other than to entertain.

    June 9, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. Jeff Frank (Ohio T-Party)

    We the People don't pay taxes to spawn book authors. You wouldn't work a job and get U.C., at the same time would you. I can think of several liberal Democrats and Republicans, that should be fired for moonlighting.

    June 9, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Jeff Frank (Ohio T-Party)

    The law was created to protect YOU.
    If you or I were guilty of this, we'd be imprisoned or executed.
    18 U.S. Code Chapter 115 – TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
    18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason
    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    June 9, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  12. Chris-E...al

    Hillary is no deferent than George Wallace she has the same mind set dont be fooled and tricked . Vote republican and free yourself from the high cost of basic goods and services and enjoy personal freedoms and a life you make and be proud and think for youself .

    June 9, 2014 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The GOP BAFOON party has NO CREDIBILITY on ANY issue and has DONE NOTHING for the American people for SIX YEARS, and they THINK they are NOT going to LOSE any seats or GOVENORS after depriving half of their states population of healthcare while it's available to the rest of us with DEMOCRAT GOVENORS , oh yea, they lost 24 BILLION DOLLARS in 16 days and then have the nerve to complain about money while getting NOTHING for it!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Chris-E...al

    All the good PPl think dems do short term always have negative effects in the long run cant you see ?

    June 9, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    BLAND Paul will try to claim it AS HIS OWN WORK and the incompetent GOP HAS NO CREDIBILITY ANYWAY!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. S.B. Stein

    It is all well and good to say that Clinton did a bad job. My question is what would they have done differently with the resources that they had? Could they have gotten more people to talk than she did? Was there something that could have been realistically in a situation that she used force (or didn't)? Right now, it seems that they are complaining about what she could have done differently. What were they for in those situations?

    June 9, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. salty dog

    Chris, e, no offense my man, but are you absolutely certain you know who stands for what? Just asking .

    June 9, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Name. willard

    She like look her laughter what happened about murdet at beghizia

    June 9, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Name. willard says:
    June 9, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am
    She like look her laughter what happened about murdet at beghizia

    What???

    June 9, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. salty dog

    Its not even making sense to them anymore wake up, he's ran himself into a stupor over it, short trip anyway

    June 9, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Chris-E...al

    Hillary is no deferent than George Wallace she has the same mind set dont be fooled and tricked . Vote republican and free yourself from the high cost of basic goods and services and enjoy personal freedoms and a life you make and be proud and think for youself .
    -----------------------
    If voting Republican means that I will start talking in broken sentences, then I'll pass.

    June 9, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @Jeff Frank (Ohio T-Party)
    The law was created to protect YOU.
    If you or I were guilty of this, we'd be imprisoned or executed.
    18 U.S. Code Chapter 115 – TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
    18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason
    Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
    ------------
    After reading the threats of violent take over of the government by the Tea Party, I think I would keep this law quiet if I were you.

    June 9, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Gunderson

    Um, Well,
    The truth is all we need. However big problem. Will peasants be able get it. So far they haven't. So maybe we go to Wizard but still on OZ.

    June 9, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Name. willard
    She like look her laughter what happened about murdet at beghizia

    June 9, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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    Yikes! Is this a sample of how the GOP's base thinks and writes like?

    June 9, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. monkeebizns

    What difference does it make now – that is all we need to know about Hillarys mindset

    June 9, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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