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Hillary Clinton signs books in Saratoga

Updated: 07/29/2014 9:12 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 9:22 AM WNYT.com
By: Mark Mulholland

SARATOGA SPRINGS - She's one person, but she draws a crowd.

Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, former secretary of state and former U.S. senator, was at Northshire Books to sign her new book "Hard Choices" and her fans said standing in line was an easy choice.

"I'm just interested in Hillary and I think it's wonderful that women are involved in politics," said Joanne Farrell of Saratoga Springs.

The crowd was told to begin gathering at around 10 a.m. Tuesday, but many of them showed up at 8 a.m.

The signing was held exclusively for the people who bought the book at Northshire for $29, which was 20 percent off the cover price.

For many it was more than getting an autograph. It was the appeal to have an interaction, however brief, with a person who could be our next president.

"I would like to say, 'Please be our next president,'" said Gove Effinger of Saratoga Springs.

"I think she'll be great for the country. I think she could help our health care system and maybe fix some of the stuff Obama's done," said Tracey DeSimone.

Clinton did not take questions from the news media. She signed the books in rapid fire fashion, signing just her first name.

People were told in advance that she wouldn't be personalizing the books or signing any other items.

Not everyone was thrilled she was in town. Roughly a dozen people protested her appearance by holding signs and shouting things like,"Women against Hillary!"

Security was tight. Secret Service was supplemented by Saratoga Springs police and firefighters.  Mayor Joanne Yepsen says the bookstore will pick up the tab for overtime. She says it's money well spent.

"It's so worth it to have a figure of this national stature here in our city," Yepsen said.

The bookstore says the 66-year-old Clinton signed exactly 1,000 books in roughly two hours.

Hillary is signing books and shaking hands in Saratoga Springs.
Photo: Mark Mulholland / WNYT
The crowd lined up to get copies of Hillary Clinton's book signed.
Photo: Mark Mulholland / WNYT

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