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Clinton Praises Obama on Bin Laden to Highlight Her Role

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the World Bank on May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Close

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the World Bank on May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hints that she will highlight her role in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden if she runs for president.

In an excerpt released today from her forthcoming memoir, “Hard Choices,” Clinton writes of President Barack Obama’s decision to strike despite misgivings within his inner circle.

“The president’s top advisors were divided. The intelligence was compelling, but far from definitive,” Clinton writes in an author’s note from publisher Simon & Schuster. “It was as crisp and courageous a display of leadership as I’ve ever seen.”

Clinton doesn’t explicitly identify herself as a supporter of the raid or mention Vice President Joe Biden, a possible rival for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, as a leading skeptic. That split could be important in a Democratic primary election contest.

The early discussion of the raid points to an issue on which Clinton probably will try to stake out ground as a national security leader both within a Democratic Party that tends to be far more dovish than Clinton and for a general-election audience.

Clinton also suggests she may use the book to downplay any misjudgments. “As is usually the case with the benefit of hindsight, I wish we could go back and revisit certain choices,” she writes.

Clinton has said that her biggest regret during her time at the State Department is the assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans in September 2012.

While Clinton has said she is considering a second bid for the presidency in 2016 -- she lost the party’s nomination to Obama in 2008 -- she likely won’t announce a decision until well after the June 10 release of her book.

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