Hillary Clinton to sit down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts


File: This May 14, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

The media blitz surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's forthcoming memoir is coming into view, with ABC News scheduling a one-hour primetime television special featuring Clinton on the eve of her book's release.

The network announced Tuesday that the former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate will sit down for her first interview with Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC's "World News," to air during a primetime special at 9 p.m. on June 9.

(Courtesy of Simon & Schuster) (Courtesy of Simon & Schuster)

The political world is hotly anticipating Clinton's book, "Hard Choices," as a curtain raiser on her possible presidential campaign. The book, published by Simon & Schuster, focuses on Clinton's four years as secretary of state as well as her thoughts on key policy matters facing the country. It goes on sale beginning June 10.

That morning, Clinton will sit down with Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," for what the network is billing as Clinton's "first live interview." The Roberts interview will air on "Good Morning America."

The two interviews are a major coup for ABC, which had been competing aggressively with other television networks to score exclusive sit-downs with Clinton.

Both Sawyer and Roberts have longstanding relationships with Clinton. Last December, Clinton and Sawyer embraced on stage at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala in New York. And earlier this month, Roberts interviewed Clinton on stage at Philanthropy New York's annual meeting.

Hillary Clinton is expected to travel across the country in June promoting her book -- and surely stoking speculation about her future political plans.

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.
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