June 3rd, 2014
09:15 AM ET
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Hillary Clinton to take part in live CNN town hall

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  will take part in a live town hall meeting that will be moderated by CNN's Christiane Amanpour later this month.

The June 17 event will take place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and it will be the only network televised town hall that the former secretary of state participates in during the closely watched rollout of her new memoir, "Hard Choices."

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In addition to Amanpour's questions, Clinton will "take questions from the American public with nothing off limits," according to a CNN statement announcing the event. The town hall will air on CNN at 5 p.m. ET and be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español. It will re-air on CNN at 9 p.m. ET.

CNN and Tumblr have teamed up for the first time to invite viewers worldwide to submit questions – in any form (text, video, animated gif) – via CNN’s event Tumblr, and Amanpour will pose some of the best to Clinton during CNN’s live broadcast.

Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent and anchor of "Amanpour," a nightly foreign affairs program on CNN International.

"Hard Choices" is Clinton's second memoir and tells the story of the former first lady's four years as America's top diplomat. It goes on sale June 10.

Clinton is widely seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, and the former senator has acknowledged a number of times that she is weighing a second run for the White House.

Details of the book tour have slowly trickled out over the last two weeks, including announcements of other media interviews, excerpts from the memoir, and events across the United States and Canada.

On Monday, Barnes & Noble announced that the first event of Clinton's book tour will be a reading at its Union Square location in Manhattan on the day the memoir hits bookshelves. Clinton will sign copies of her new book at the event.

The bookseller also announced Monday that Clinton will appear at a similar book signing on June 19 in Los Angeles.

In addition to those two events, Clinton will appear at events in Austin, Texas; Arlington, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Chicago and San Francisco.

Clinton will speak at two events in Canada: One at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto on June 16 and then two days later – on June 18 – Clinton will speak at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

What's behind stepped up GOP attacks on Clinton

Half in new poll disapprove of how Clinton handled Benghazi

The book is an important moment for Clinton as she weighs a presidential run. Critics have faulted Clinton's leadership at State – particularly her management of the 2012 attack on the American compound in Benghazi. Her supporters see the memoir as the best way for Clinton to rebut those claims.


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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Rudy

    Considering we already had eight years of a president who was elected with zero business experience and had never made payroll why should we yet again vote for the same. The USA needs jobs and lots of them. What exactly does Hillary know about job creation? or what it's like to be a small business owner which are the largest job creators in the country. All we here about are social programs and writing wrongs and such. We never hear of organic job creation.

    June 3, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Larry of Massachuisetts

    1. Would you support term limits in Congress?
    2. Would you support a single 6 year term for President so that we can do away with mid term elections?

    June 3, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Larry of Massachuisetts

    1. How important is balancing the budget to you?
    2. How important is reducing the deficit to you?

    June 3, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Larry of Massachuisetts

    What specific steps will you take to make the Social security Trust Fund solvent?

    June 3, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @FredKelly
    "Please give a detailed accounting of where you were, what you were doing, and what decisions you made during the attack on the Benghazi compound." Would that be off-limits?
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    Was it off limits the last 100 times she answered it?

    June 3, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Peace

    @ Nick
    Since even her spokespeople can't name one actual,documented accomplishment, why should Clinton even have a town hall?
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    Hmmmmm! What documented accomplishment does Ted Cruz has? Closing down the government? Is that what you mean?

    June 3, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Tony D

    Well, this explains the hundreds of positive Hillary Clinton stories on the Ticker!

    June 3, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    kenman14

    It seems you liberals would even get fed up with these circumstances; the wealthy, connected people like Clinton will continue to enrich themselves and will be given a forum with which to do it, while politicking for the ultimate political ring!

    I have no doubt that the questions will be approved by her, and given to her ahead of time, to ensure that she looks like the "smartest woman in the world"!
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    Haven't you ever heard of Fox News Channel? This is a single broadcast that you're criticizing, while FNC is a 24/7 right wing propaganda machine. Actually, though, you sound exactly like someone who'd appear on FNC.

    June 3, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Hang in there Hillary. They're desperate....

    June 3, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. John

    Did any of the talking points in the Ben Rhodes email to Susan Rice come from you or your office?

    June 3, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Nameriw8w

    No question is off limits, but, you will not get an answer if she doesn't like the question. I will also bet the live audience is screened before being allowed in and she will have shills in the audience with set questions so it looks like she's being honest. She and Bill both know how to sidestep any question they don't want to answer or just lie. The only redeeming factor here is that she is not as bad as what we have now, but that's like saying a broken arm is better than a broken leg who really wants either one?

    June 3, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Matt

    Nothing off limits, huh? Does that mean she is prepared to yell "what difference does it make?" at every question she doesn't want to answer?

    June 3, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Hillary Clinton: Butcher of Benghazi

    Questions??? Yeah, hundreds of them!!

    Why should ANYBODY vote for you as President?
    What Executive experience do you have?
    What successes and accomplishments have you had?
    How is that Russian Reset thing working out?
    Why should we believe you would be any better than the current disaster in the White House?
    If you weren't able to stand up and go in front of the American people after one of your direct reports was murdered in Benghazi, why should we believe you will stand up and answer to the American people as President?
    Do you think you are entitled to be President because you are a woman?

    June 3, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Jerry

    Do you have any respect for yourself/shame?!

    June 3, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Matt
    Nothing off limits, huh? Does that mean she is prepared to yell "what difference does it make?" at every question she doesn't want to answer?
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    I will correct this lie as often as I see it: Ms.Clinton said the "what difference" quote in response to hounding in the hearings over the motivation of the attackers. She was making a point that it was more important that four Americans died and future prevention than what was in the minds of the attackers. She was placing the deaths as top priority as opposed to what her Inquisitors were finding important. The transcripts are easy to find online.

    June 3, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Donna

    Why did Hillary Clinton issue a bogus statement from the State Dept. the night of the Benghazi attack blaming the internet video? It is the very first case of the video being blamed. Hillary Clinton started the video lie.

    June 3, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. it must be asked

    Will you repeal Obamacare?

    June 3, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Tommy G

    Whty do you have no problem going out in front of the American people to hawk your book and line your pockets, when you refused to go in front of the American people to explain the Benghazi attack to the American people on the Sunday political talk shows?

    June 3, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Howard

    Short of spurring the Congress to approve public works spending to revamp our infrastructure, the President, ANY President, can do very little about "job creation." Real job creation happens when the middle class has enough discretionary income to spend. The process of spending that extra money creates business opportunities for new and established businesses. The spending has to precede business expansion; it never happens the other way around.

    June 3, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @Donna
    Why did Hillary Clinton issue a bogus statement from the State Dept. the night of the Benghazi attack blaming the internet video? It is the very first case of the video being blamed. Hillary Clinton started the video lie.
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    The reality (occam's razor) – initial assessment was wrong and this was clarified later
    1st version conspiracy – it was mismanaged
    2nd version conspiracy – it was lied about
    3rd version conspiracy – no one cared and they lied
    4th version conspiracy – they actually caused the deaths
    5th version conspiracy – they planned and caused the deaths
    6th version conspiracy – they planned the deaths in an attempt to set up an evil satanic socialist dictatorship
    7th version conspiracy – they planned the deaths in an attempt to set up an evil satanic socialist dictatorship with space alien help
    Deep breath everyone – we are only to step 4 or 5 depending on the foil hat size.
    I know I saw step 4 today already.

    June 3, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. luvUamerica

    "Critics have faulted Clinton's leadership at State – particularly her management of the 2012 attack on the American compound in Benghazi."

    The critics are – Fox News, Carl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Carl Rove, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh. Self appointed spokespeople for Tea Party and the GOP.

    These people are not worth anyone's time of day.

    June 3, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    ""Please give a detailed accounting of where you were, what you were doing, and what decisions you made during the attack on the Benghazi compound." Would that be off-limits?
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    Was it off limits the last 100 times she answered it?"
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    The only thing "off limits", apparently, is giving them answers they don't want to hear or that are contrary to their pre-determined conclusions. When you do that, they just pretend no answer was given and run around yelling "cover up."

    June 3, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Tim

    Hillary, Why would you even think about running for president given how unqualified you are?

    June 3, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Uniquitous

    Like I believe for one moment they would allow Killary to face the hard questions that the public want answered. How about what happened to the weapons that our ambassador was selling to foreign countries. Why would you employ Al Queda agents as security for our embassy. Seriously folks, she will never hear these questions as they will be filtered out to make her look like a potential candidate for the next presidential election.

    June 3, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Marcus (from...?)

    To Jon – 'what is your plan to ensure Congress is more bipartisan?'
    and Larry of Massachuisetts – 'What specific steps would Hillary take as President to close the partisan divide in DC?'
    The very same answer:
    'It take TWO to tango'.
    Bipartisanship doesn't means 'We are right and you are wrong so follow our lead!'

    June 3, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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