How national Republicans plan to talk about Hillary Clinton's book
June 9th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
6 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.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    salty dog says:
    June 9, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am
    Its not even making sense to them anymore wake up, he’s ran himself into a stupor over it, short trip anyway

    I get so tickled reading this illiterate comments. I thank God and my late grandmother for making sure I learned proper English. And they have the mitigated gall to question President Obama's intelligence...

    The Rosewood syndrome strikes again...😄😄😄

    June 9, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Silence DoGood

    @Name. willard
    "She like look her laughter what happened about murdet at beghizia"
    -----------–
    Let's take more subjects and critical thinking out of the school system.

    June 9, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Oops speaking of illiterate comments that should have read these....😳😳

    June 9, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. uhhuh

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

    -----------–
    But tears near Iaraqi arms milatareely once flowed beghizia duckem ammoniam?

    June 9, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. uhhuh

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

    Here is is again, for another who lacks reading comprehension skills and no grasp of the meaning of "context"
    With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they'd they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we'll figure out what was going on in the meantime."

    "

    June 9, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Silence DoGood

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

    Here is is again, for another who lacks reading comprehension skills and no grasp of the meaning of "context"
    With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they'd they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we'll figure out what was going on in the meantime."

    "
    -------–
    Yet another example of how the conservative mindset will repeat the same lies and misinformation even when the truth is right in plain view to anyone who cares to look.

    June 9, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    With all due respect Silence and uh huh, they know exactly the context that phrase was used. They just don't care, and since they hate Hillary for working with President Obama, after losing the primary, they now hate her even more. So they will continue to scream "What difference does it make" until they are blue in the face. Don't forget these are the very same people that said in 2012, "Our campaign won't be dictated by facts." Or something of that nature.

    June 9, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Ol' Yeller

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

    Snark, snark snarkity snark snark snark....
    I am sure they will pull things completley out of context and attack her every word, just like they did with her testimony on Benghazi. They have no souls.

    On Hillary's book.... I saw where she opened up about her vote to take us into the War in Iraq. She admits it was a mistake and takes responsibilty for her vote.
    Respect levels just went up.

    June 9, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

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

    ---––
    But tears near Iaraqi arms milatareely once flowed beghizia duckem ammoniam?

    June 9, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
    ****************************************************************************************************************************
    LMAO!

    June 9, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. John

    Ambassador Chris Stevens sister Anne....."I don't blame Hillary, in any way, for Chris's death........if anyone is to blame, it is the House GOP who drastically slashed the Foreign Embassy budget in 2011 & 2012, at a time when we were trying to expand and protect many embassies in the middle east"...........she is the best secretary of state in my memory......

    June 9, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Fed up

    Name. willard
    She like look her laughter what happened about murdet at beghizia
    ------------------------
    Look! It's the conservative extremist version of Gurgyl...

    June 9, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. old age voter

    You can't forget; the Republicans can add the failures in foreign relation with Egypt, foreign relation with Syria and for treason over Benghazi.

    June 9, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Marcus (from...?)

    Jeff Frank (Ohio T-Party) – You forgot to mention that, before a man or a woman suffers the penalty for treason, he/she has to be found GUILTY in a court of law of said crime.
    Details... details... the devil lies in the details.
    Or are you in any way against the Constituttion and the Due Process clauses?

    June 9, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Marcus (from...?)

    Jeff Frank (Ohio T-Party) – You forgot, convieniently I add, the due process clauses.
    Why is that?
    As if the answer isn't obvious...

    June 9, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Sniffit

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

    Let me give you a brief synopsis: "The South shall rise again herpy derpy take the country back dippy dooo socialsim, communism, Benghazi oh my slurpy durpy freedumb we the people liburteeeeeee!!!!"

    June 9, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    Why doesn't Rove, et al try:" Our Ideas are Better for Middle Class America "?

    June 9, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Sniffit

    LOL...oh wait...maybe they'll take a page out of conservative hero George Will's book today and start talking about rape as if people are clamoring to be a victim of it so they can have "victim status. (Yes, he said that today)

    June 9, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Why doesn't Rove, et al try:" Our Ideas are Better for Middle Class America "?"

    They DO try that...it's just that things like "killing Medicare will help the middle class" sounds like complete nonsense unless you are wiling not to look under the hood and just run the whole thing through your ideological tinfoil hat, sprinkle a little race resentment all over it and then repeat it ad nauseum from inside the bubble.

    June 9, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Thomas

    @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 .
    ===========

    Please reassure me your profession in not in education . This is what can go wrong with home schooling if the television is on Fox news all day .

    George Wallace ?

    June 9, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    -I practically do not give darn hoot at Benghazi rant of republicans. They don't have a clue. Yes, on Hillary16.

    June 9, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Ol' Yeller

    @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.

    What are you talking about... this article is in regards to Hillary Clinton, not the Reagan or Dubya Administrations... though I do agree with you that those two Administrations in particular waged war against the American Constituion, aided and abetted enemies of the United States of America, and have (so far) avoided any serious penalties for their criminal actions...
    Oh, I get it... you are just giving an example of the title of the article – "How national Republicans plan to talk about Hillary Clinton's book" in your post.

    I hate to break it to you... but since your monikor reveals you are a tea bagger... you really aren't a a member of the
    'national Republicants', rather you are pawn in their game to gain even more power. In other words, they used you and your group to get what they wanted and now they will drop you like a two foot putt.
    Welcome to the giant club of people/groups thrown under the bus by the republicant party to further their agenda... you aren't the last, though... currently we are seeing them try and destroy a a member of our military, (a recovering POW) and his family for political gain (so, you really got off kind of lucky).

    June 9, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Mina

    How worried are "Dr." Rove and the republicans about Hillary?

    June 9, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Marcus (from...?)

    Sniffit – LOL...oh wait...maybe they'll take a page out of conservative hero George Will's book today and start talking about rape as if people are clamoring to be a victim of it so they can have "victim status. (Yes, he said that today)

    Before anyone says anything, I don't want that anything bad happens to George Will, I don't like him but that's no excuse for me to wish him bad.
    That said, his comments reminded me of Richard Crenna's performance as Richard Beck, especially before his night in hell experience.

    June 9, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Thomas says:
    June 9, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm
    @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 .
    ===========

    Please reassure me your profession in not in education . This is what can go wrong with home schooling if the television is on Fox news all day .

    George Wallace ?

    😃😃😃😃😃
    Aren't they hilarious????

    June 9, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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 ... "

    A RNC "briefing Hillary book, eh? Well ... OK. Ought to be a GOPerville best-seller.

    Here ... let me help with the editing highlights:

    BENGHAZI (the sequel to the fundraising: GOPERville edition)

    Rah. Rah.

    June 9, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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