Originally created 06/02/04

Bill Clinton to appear on '60 Minutes' to promote upcoming memoir



NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton, memoir writer, should get better ratings for "60 Minutes" than did Bill Clinton, co-host of "Point-Counterpoint."

Clinton, who flopped last year as a commentator for the CBS television news magazine, will discuss his upcoming book, "My Life," with newsman Dan Rather for an interview to be aired Sunday, June 20.

"It's a platform that serves up one of the more consistent viewerships in television," Paul Bogaards, a spokesman for Clinton's publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, said Tuesday.

"My Life" will be published June 22 with a first printing of 1.5 million. "60 Minutes" has been a key forum for some of the year's biggest political books, including Richard Clarke's "Against All Enemies" and Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack."

Clinton himself has a long history with "60 Minutes." It was the setting for one of his most famous interviews, when in 1992 then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton acknowledged that he and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, had had marital troubles. Last year, Clinton and former Sen. Bob Dole hosted a revived "Point-Counterpoint," but the segment was soon canceled because of poor ratings.

Don Hewitt, the founder of "60 Minutes," has said that the debates failed in part because Clinton was writing his book and didn't have time to concentrate on the show.

Clinton will be the keynote speaker Thursday at BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual national convention, which this year takes place in Chicago. Bogaards said he expects the speech to last about 20 minutes.