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In book, Clinton notes regrets as diplomat

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in her new book that she wishes she could have made different, unspecified decisions as President Obama’s secretary of state but remains proud of her accomplishments as the nation’s top diplomat, according to excerpts released Tuesday.

The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate writes in an author’s note from her upcoming book, ‘‘Hard Choices,’’ that her time at the State Department taught her about the nation’s ‘‘exceptional strengths and what it will take for us to compete and thrive.’’

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‘‘I wish we could go back and revisit certain choices. But I’m proud of what we accomplished,’’ Clinton wrote. ‘‘This century began traumatically . . . with the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the long wars that followed, and the Great Recession. We needed to do better, and I believe we did.’’

Clinton’s memoir, set for release June 10, has generated a debate on her record at Foggy Bottom. Clinton is expected to reveal whether she will seek the White House by late 2014, and the book arrives as Republicans have questioned her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, plus other decisions.

By releasing the 1,400-word excerpt two weeks before the publication date, Clinton’s publisher and advisers set the tone for the book ahead of any inadvertent media leaks.

Simon & Schuster is initially printing 1 million copies.

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