Clinton to Tout Re-Release of 'Village'
Friday, December 15, 2006; 11:44 PM
NEW YORK -- It will be a daytime gabfest with Barbara, Rosie _ and Hillary.
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be making the rounds of the morning shows next week, promoting the rerelease of her book, "It Takes a Village," while getting some major television exposure as she weighs a likely 2008 presidential bid.
The Democrat will be interviewed Monday on NBC's "The Today Show," and will join Rosie O'Donnell and Barbara Walters on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday. She'll also do several book signings around New York.
Clinton, who tops every national poll of potential Democratic contenders, has been reaching out to friends and activists in states with early nominating contests such as Iowa and New Hampshire. Next week's nationally televised interviews will be Clinton's first since she began actively exploring a presidential bid.
Speaking to reporters in New York Friday, Clinton said she does not expect to make a decision on entering the presidential contest until after the first of the year.
"I'm very gratified at all of the outpouring of interest and support I've been trying to field the past couple of weeks," she said.
In the last month, Clinton has largely ceded the limelight to Sen. Barack Obama, the charismatic Illinois Democrat also weighing a presidential bid. Obama made a high-profile visit to New Hampshire last weekend, speaking at a state Democratic Party fundraiser that drew 1,700 activists and some 150 reporters.
During her first Senate campaign in 2000, Clinton was a frequent guest on network morning shows and other programs with largely female audiences. She promoted "Living History," her best-selling memoir, on the "Today Show" and "The View" in 2003.
The "Today Show" has 5.8 million average daily viewers and "The View" has 3.1 million average daily viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
"It Takes a Village," Clinton's book on child rearing, is being rereleased 10 years after it was first published in 1996. In a new introduction to the book, Clinton argues that technology, especially the Internet, has made the lessons of her book even more relevant.
"Today's electronic village has certainly complicated the always difficult challenge of parenting and raising the next generation," Clinton wrote.