Hillary Clinton Book Tour Stops in LA

The ex-Secretary of State signed copies of the book about her time as the nation's top diplomat

A line of people holding copies of Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices" showed up early Thursday at a Los Angeles book store to have their books signed by the former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and first lady.

Clinton arrived at the Barnes and Noble store at The Grove shopping center at about mid-day to sign copies of her memoir about her four years as Secretary of State. Clinton will spend about two hours signing books before receiving the William O. Douglas Award from Public Counsel at its awards dinner Thursday night at the Century Plaza Hotel.

"Hard Choices" sold more than 100,000 copies during its opening week, its publisher told The Associated Press. The book earned the No. 1 spot on the nonfiction hardcover list of The New York Times that comes out June 29.

Her previous memoir, "Living History," sold around 600,000 copies during its first week.

The national book tour has drawn supporters and critics of the nation's former top diplomat, who has repeatedly said she has not made a decision about a run for President in 2016. The Republican National Committee began having a person dressed in a  squirrel costume tail Clinton at her events Friday. The committee describes  what it calls the HRC Squirrel as "a political animal determined to let  Americans know that another Clinton in the White House would be nuts."

The committee has established a Twitter account on its behalf, @HRCSquirrel.

Seth Bringman, the communications director for Ready for Hillary, a  political action committee encouraging her to run for president in 2016, told  City News Service that Clinton's "values and her strong record can easily  withstand these baseless Republican attacks."

Clinton has deep ties to strongly Democratic California, which she carried in the 2008 presidential primary election over eventual nominee Barack Obama. Then-LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was one of her national campaign co-chairs and she received strong financial support from deep pockets in Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

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