After being repeatedly attacked for her political record, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent 14 Republican candidates a copy of her book, “Hard Choices,” alongside a personalized note suggesting that they form a book club.
"You know I hear the Republicans talking from time to time in their debates and elsewhere and they say things like 'Oh I don't know what she accomplished as secretary of state, she didn't accomplish anything,' I listened to that for a while and then I thought you know maybe they just don't know,” Clinton said on the campaign trail in Iowa, ABC News reported.
The only candidate who didn’t receive a copy of Clinton’s 2015 book was Jim Gilmore. Clinton also used the candidates’ full and proper names, such as Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Piyush Jindal, when she addressed the notes.
"I understand that you and your fellow Republican candidates for president were questioning my record of accomplishments at your last debate, so I thought you might enjoy reading my book, Hard Choices," Clinton wrote. “From working to restore America's standing in the world to bringing crippling sanctions to Iran to negotiating a cease-fire in Gaza, please enjoy all 596 pages of my time as secretary of state. With 15 candidates in the race, you've got enough people for a book club!”
Some of the candidates have already responded. Sen Ted Cruz of Texas offered to send Clinton a copy of his own book, “A Time For Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America” and Gov. Piyush “Bobby” Jindal of Louisiana tweeted a link to the Center for Medical Progress’ anti-abortion videos on Planned Parenthood.
Despite the disagreements between Clinton and her Republican counterparts, according to the Amazon page for “Hard Choices,” the book was very well received by critics from the New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Los Angeles Times, among others.