Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton regularly talks about the "hard choices" she has had to make in her life – both professional and personal – and the impact those decisions have had on her.
But something she doesn't talk about much is the process she takes to get to those decisions.
In an interview with CSPAN's Steve Scully, though, Clinton described her decision making process as one where she both tries to "stay in touch" with her values but also isn't "afraid to change (her) mind" if the facts impacting the decision changes.
"What I do is to try to gather as much information as I can and stay in touch with those values, interests and security," Clinton said.
"Mentally as I go through the exercise of gathering information, consulting people, listening hard," she said, adding that she isn’t "afraid to change my mind."
Clinton later said, "I might go into a process thinking this is what we must do and come out on the other side."
Clinton, who has been on a frenetic book tour for the last three weeks, has cast many of the decisions she made as a series of hard choices – the name of her memoir – where there are usually two sides to a complicated problem.
The former secretary of state is widely seen as the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. And because of her likely presidential aspirations, Clinton's decision making process as America's top diplomat is widely questioned.
No decision has been looked at with more scrutiny than the secretary's actions during the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, lost their lives.
Asked about whether she looks back on decisions and regrets them or if she moves on, Clinton said "you have to make a decision and you have to support that decision" in an answered that appeared to be an allusion to the controversial attack.
"Sitting on top of this big bureaucracy, with 70,000 employees around the world… you can't possibly know what is going on everywhere," Clinton said. "You have to rely on the systems that are created to gather information, evaluate it and then pass it on. There is really no way that any one person could read the millions of cables that came in during the time that I was secretary or really know what is happening in the many, many places that we have interests that are perilous."
Clinton later added that secretary of state is "not a job that gives you a lot of restful nights."
The former first lady has been criticized for her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack and many of her Republican critics have said the deaths of four Americans should preclude her from holding higher office.
Clinton has said before she takes responsibility for what happened in Benghazi, and did so a number of times on her recent book tour. But to defend herself from the criticism, Clinton regularly says she "was not making security decisions" for the Benghazi compound and was not the person reading all the cables from Libya.
Scully also pressed Clinton on her relationship with both the media and her successor, Secretary of State John Kerry.
Clinton said that she and Kerry have talked "frequently about issues."
"I respect the position he is in," Clinton said. "He now has to make these hard choices. I am available to him and have been fortunate to talk to him about a number of issues over the last year and a half or so."
Near the close of the interview, Clinton bashed many of the stories written about her as "inaccurate or unimportant." She said she "can't" read all that is written about her.
"It's just overwhelming. I can't do it. So I skim it. If it's important it will come to me, I assume," Clinton concluded. "I can't possibly read it all. I would be doing nothing else."
The nearly 50-minute interview will air on July 5 as part of the CSPAN's BookTV. Clinton has all but wrapped up the domestic tour for her memoir "Hard Choices" that took her to all four American time zones with events in over ten different states.
The former secretary of state now turns her focus overseas. For the first eight days of July Clinton will hold book events in France and Germany with the hopes of boosting book sales in foreign markets.