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In latest round of interviews, Hillary Clinton ducks 'hard choices'

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In a spate of wide-ranging interviews Tuesday, Hillary Clinton made few hard choices.

In a town hall-style interview with CNN, she was asked about many of the hot-button issues that will follow her to the campaign trail should she decide to run for president a second time.

But in most responses Clinton was cautious and politically correct, preferring lighthearted charm to bold stances.

When asked on what political issues she disagrees on with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton laughed, "You don't testify against your spouse."

"Certainly we don't agree in lockstep," she added vaguely.

On more hard-hitting questions, Clinton's responses were also predictably noncommittal and toed her party's line.

Clinton stopped short of supporting marijuana legalization, saying instead that should be left to the states, but noted the "benefits" of medical marijuana. She highlighted the need for immigration reform. And she pushed forcefully for more restrictions on assault weapons.

"I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation," Clinton said of the latter issue. "We cannot let a minority of people — and that's what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people."

And Clinton was asked, as in nearly every interview, about another choice she will soon face: whether to run for president in 2016. And, as in every interview so far, Clinton outlined her thought process, but indicated she will not reach a decision for some time yet.

"You have got to ask people who want to run for anything, but particularly president, what's your vision? What is your vision for our country? And do you think you can lead us there?" Clinton said. "Because those are two different questions. Some people can paint a beautiful vision. And, thankfully, we can all learn from that. But then, can you, with the tenacity, the persistence, the getting-knocked-down/getting-back-up resilience, can you lead us there?"

“I will make a decision," Clinton added. "But I’m really most moved by what I think we need to do in the country."

In a briefer interview later Tuesday with Fox News, also part of Clinton's book tour for her new memoir, Hard Choices, Clinton delved more into the foreign policy discussions that have been the undercurrent to her memoir and her book tour.

Asked about President Obama's decision to exchange five Taliban detainees for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, Clinton emphasized that the detainees would not, as some have suggested, pose a threat.

"As long as they're in Qatar, they are not a threat to the United States," Clinton said.

Meanwhile, Clinton said it is "too soon to tell" whether, in light of encroachment by Islamist militants, U.S. forces are losing gains that have been made in Iraq.

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