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Hillary Clinton: “The Most Important Thing I Did Was To Help Restore America’s Leadership In The World”…

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(NPR) -- To hear Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book, Hard Choices, isn’t the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.

She still hasn’t made up her mind about another run for the presidency, she told Renee Montagne, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition. It’s more a review of the decisions she made as the nation’s top diplomat. [...]

In any event, a review of her years traveling the globe as secretary of state during President Obama’s first term gives her the chance to define her accomplishments even as her Republican critics ask, “What achievements?”

Here are some interview highlights:

Her accomplishments: To hear Clinton tell it, she helped rebuild the U.S. image in the world after the George W. Bush administration badly mangled it.

“The most important thing I did was to help restore America’s leadership in the world. And I think that was a very important accomplishment. We were flat on our back when I walked in there the first time.

“We were viewed as being untrustworthy, as violating our moral rules and values, as being economically hobbled. And we had to get out there and once again promote American values and pursue our interests and protect national security. Because of the eight years that preceded us — it was the economic collapse, it was two wars, it was the war on terror that led to some very unfortunate, un-American actions being taken. That was my biggest challenge. It was why the president asked me to be secretary of state.”

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