- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton wouldn’t talk about her future Wednesday while on Long Island signing copies of the mammoth memoir chronicling her past.

About 1,200 people packed the Book Revue bookstore in Huntington, passing through Secret Service checkpoints and waiting in line for hours to see the former first lady, senator and secretary of state.

Some of them, including New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, encouraged her to take another run at the presidency in 2016.

But Clinton wouldn’t take the bait and remained mum about her plans, as she has throughout her tour promoting “Hard Choices.”

“I think it’s important for those of us who think she is our future - in terms of the presidency - to express that directly,” said DiNapoli, who described himself as a “huge fan” of Clinton.

“For the cost of paying for the book, it gave me a chance to say: ‘Go for it Hillary, we’re there for you,’” he said.

Amelia Swan, 25, of nearby Northport, said she told Clinton it was a “dream come true” to meet her.

“I’m just here because Hillary Clinton being in power means so much to women everywhere,” Swan said, clutching her signed copy of “Hard Choices.”

“To have her become president would just be so important for this country,” she added.

Clinton, who signed copies of her first memoir, “Living History” at Book Revue in 2003, did not speak at Wednesday’s event. She limited her conversation to brief chats with people as she signed and declined an interview request.

On Clinton’s immediate agenda: another trip to Long Island for a signing at Book Hampton, another independently owned haven for celebrity authors. She is scheduled to appear at the East Hampton store on Aug. 16.

It will be a homecoming of sorts.

She and husband Bill Clinton vacationed in the resort town several times in 1998 and 1999 while he was president.

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