Hillary Clinton's book-signing brings 2016 buzz to Twin Cities

Hillary Clinton's book-signing brings 2016 buzz to Twin Cities

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in St.Paul on Sunday to sign copies of her new book, but for many who came to see her, all they wanted to talk about was 2016 and whether she'll run.

"I just want to meet her," Marylinn Brekke admitted. "Maybe shake her hand, ask her if she's running."

Although this is not a presidential election year, those who hope Clinton will be on the next ticket turned out in droves to meet the woman they want to send to the White House. More than 1,000 people spent hours waiting in line, and one attendee told Fox 9 News that it was as if time stood still when the woman she described as a hero walked into the room.



1,000 copies of "Hard Choices" by Hillary Clinton


"I would have waited a week," Shar Anderson said. "I would have waited out in the sun. I would have waited for anything. Our country needs her, and she'll be a great president."

Clinton greeted the room full of fans with Gov. Mark Dayton and then sat down to sign copies of "Hard Choices." Most who came to the event admitted openly they hoped to meet the author before she adds a term in the oval office to her resume.

"The pleasure of getting to meet the future president of the United States is a great opportunity," Dan Levey said. "I want to say good luck, Hillary, and please run."

The anticipation began building early in the day, with a line of fans spanning all ages wrapping around the block. In fact, the first people in line showed up at 7 a.m., a full 7 hours before the doors even opened.



"Hillary, I love you. I support you," Elizabeth Raymaker said. "As Secretary of State, you inspired me to go into foreign policy."

St. Paul police and the Secret Service did security sweeps before Clinton arrived, but Sunday wasn't the first large gathering and wait related to the visit. In fact, those who attended the book sign waited up to 3 hours to buy the tickets to the signing event last week. In all, 1,100 books were pre-sold.

"I think she's a very powerful woman," Essieleanera Roberts said. "I would love to see her as president, so I'm here to support her."

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