Hillary Clinton Sends GOP Candidates Copies Of Her Book, Tells Them to Join a Book Club

GOP presidential candidates will soon receive Clinton's "Hard Choices."

October 6, 2015, 8:20 PM
PHOTO: Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices.
Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices.

MUSCATAINE, Iowa -- Hillary Clinton thinks every Republican presidential candidate should read her book "Hard Choices" -- so much so that she sent 14 of them a copy of it, along with a personalized letter telling each of them to 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 Tuesday at an organizing event at an outdoor strawberry farm in Muscatine, Iowa. "So I have now sent each of them a copy of my book, 'Hard Choices,' about what we did during those four years."

Clinton's campaign confirmed that she sent the book to every Republican presidential candidate, except for one: Jim Gilmore. (The campaign did provide explanation for why Gilmore did not make the cut, except to suggest there didn't seem to be a point given his low poll numbers.)

In the letters she sent to each candidate, she used their full and formal names.

Ben Carson, for instance, she addressed as Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. And Bobby Jindal she addressed using his official first name, Piyush Jindal.

"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 in a letter to the candidates, according to copy of the text from her campaign. "From working to restore America's standing in the world to bringing crippling sanctions to Iran to negotiating a ceasefire 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!"

The campaign says they sent out the books at the end of last week. Today Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal both responded.

According to a spokeswoman for Jeb Bush, the former Florida Governor has not yet received it.

The campaign of Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Tuesday it had received the book from Clinton on Monday. But Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Kasich, the governor of Ohio, told ABC News another envelope bearing the Clinton campaign’s logo arrived at the Ohio governor’s mansion last Wednesday — but that it was addressed to the previous governor, a Democrat.

In an image of the envelope Nichols provided to ABC News, Ted Strickland’s name and the address of the governor’s mansion were crossed out, and “RTS” — return to sender — was scrawled in red ink across the unopened mail.

"We get a lot of junk mail,” Nichols said. "We also got this, so I'm not sure who is in charge of quality control at her end."

.@JohnKasich's campaign says this arrived at the Ohio gov's mansion last week - addressed to previous gov, a Dem pic.twitter.com/jtfJL2H2xm

— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) October 7, 2015

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