- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” book tour is off to a rocky start. She was asked on the street to sign a copy of the book out to J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who died in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack with three other Americans.

While exiting a book signing event in D.C. on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton was approached by Jason Mattera, publisher of the website Daily Surge. Mr. Mattera handed a copy of the book and said, “If you could make it out to Christopher Stevens — I think you knew him.”

When the former Secretary of State balked, he responded, “What difference does it make?” — a reference to Mrs. Clinton’s 2013 testimony to the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Benghazi attack.

Mrs. Clinton’s book tour has been marred by two other incidents. She received she said she was “dead broke” when President Bill Clinton left office in 2000. She also had an interview with NPR turn sour when she accused the host of distorting her history on gay rights.

“I think you are being very persistent but you are playing with my words, playing with what is such an important issue,” she told the host, who pressed her on the timing of her support for gay marriage.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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