June 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Spotlight falls on Clinton, her plans

Book tour puts her in public eye again, for better or worse

Clinton (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Washington— She insists she hasn’t decided on a second bid for the presidency. But Hillary Clinton is laying out more reasons to run than not during her coast-to-coast book tour.

The Republicans’ inquiry into the deadly raid in Benghazi emboldens her, she says. She knows how not to run a campaign after losing the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. And she’d be doing something for the women and girls she felt she let down that year, and perhaps, she suggests, be more effective in the struggle by both parties to get gender politics right.

“We live with a double standard,” Clinton told ABC News as she kicked off a tour for “Hard Choices,” her memoir. “People ought to think about their own daughters, their own sisters, their own mothers, when they make comments about women in public life.”

Her main reason to sit 2016 out?

“I really like my life,” Clinton said. “I like what I’m doing. I’m thrilled about becoming a grandmother in the fall. I have lots of hopes for what that means to me and my family.”

But in the next breath, she notes that having a grandchild — daughter Chelsea is expecting — does not put the White House off-limits.

In highly choreographed appearances and interviews, Clinton is making quite clear that she already has given serious consideration to running for president, again.

She has a ready-made network of supporters and fundraisers and, unlike in 2008, no real competition for the Democratic nomination.

The temptation to run is clear. Asked by ABC News about the Republican probes into her knowledge and role in the response to the deadly raid on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton leaned forward and said they provided an incentive.

And as she tours the country and appears before audiences of autograph-seekers and admirers, Clinton and the public are becoming reacquainted, for better or worse.

Polls taken as she launched her publicity tour show a slight slide in Clinton’s favorability rating. A Gallup Poll on the eve of her memoir’s release found 54 percent of Americans viewed her favorably, down from 59 percent in February.