State Hillary Clinton speaks at the World Bank in Washington May 14, 2014.
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GOP group slams Clinton’s ‘spin’ tour


One Republican group has written the book on opposing Hillary Clinton—literally.

Research group America Rising will publish a digital book called “Failed Choices: A Critique of the Clinton State Department” to counter Clinton’s own memoir, “Hard Choices.” The two books will both be published on June 10th—Clinton’s in bookstores and online and America Rising’s digital rebuttal online.

“We really wanted to provide a frame for people to view Hillary Clinton’s tenure as the Secretary of State that counters whatever spin she’s going to be putting out on her “Hard Choices” tour,” America Rising Executive Director Tim Miller told msnbc.

In the chapter of Clinton’s “Hard Choices” that was released last week, the former first lady slams Republicans for politicizing the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

“I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me,” Clinton wrote.

An email from msnbc to Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill was not returned by press time, but a Clinton aide pointed Politico towards that quote when asked to comment on the e-book. 

Many Republican groups and leaders have amped up their criticism of Clinton ahead of the release of her book, which has already reportedly sold more than a million copies in pre-sales.

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Miller said his group is pointedly targeting Clinton now, more than two years before the 2016 election, because they believe she’s already on the campaign trail. 

“Whether Hillary is ready to admit it or not, she’s started her political campaign,” Miller told msnbc. “The book launch is going to be her way to spin her record on her own terms. We at America Rising don’t intend to give her that free pass.”

“Whether Hillary is ready to admit it or not, she’s started her political campaign.”
America Rising Executive Director Tim Miller
Just as Clinton’s book aims to outline her defense of events like Benghazi and celebration of her time as Secretary of State, America Rising’s e-book aims to give conservative a playbook on how to attack her.

“At the end of Secretary Clinton’s tenure, there was no region in the world where our alliances were stronger or our enemies weaker thanks to Secretary Clinton’s diplomacy,” the book will read, according to the excerpt provided by America Rising to msnbc..

The e-book won’t include much new research, Miller said; instead, it’s largely a cohesive collection of the information the groups has published on its website over the last year, which is laid out like a news site and regularly posts partisan critiques complete with appropriate GIFs.

America Rising is a political action group dedicated to pumping out research to take down the opposition; Mitt Romney’s defeated campaign manager, along with former Republican National Committee spokesman Miller, formed it last year in an attempt to counter Democratic opposition research group American Bridge, according to Politico.

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GOP group slams Clinton’s ‘spin’ tour