Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the protester was not
a ticketed guest for Clinton's speech at the Mandalay Bay hotel and
had been spotted by Secret Service agents and hotel security guards
before the incident.
"As agents and hotel security approached her she threw a shoe and
was immediately taken into custody by the Secret Service and hotel
security," Ogilvie said.
Footage of the incident broadcast by KTNV-TV showed Clinton, 66,
crouching to dodge an object as she stood on stage.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reported that the former
first lady joked about the incident as she continued her speech to
some 1,000 people attending a metal recycling conference
"Is that somebody throwing something at me?" Clinton asked,
according to the Review-Journal. "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?"
The newspaper quoted Clinton as saying, "My goodness, I didn't know
that solid waste management was so controversial."
Mark Carpenter, a spokesman for the Institute of Scrap Recycling
Industries, which hosted the speech, said that the woman was not
affiliated with the event.
"Our staff denied her access before she later rushed past security.
An ISRI staffer then stopped her as she approached the stage. She
was then handed over to law enforcement," Carpenter said.
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The throwing of shoes at political figures is a form of protest in
many parts of the world. In 2008 a shoe was hurled at then-President
George W. Bush when he appeared at a Baghdad press conference with
the Iraqi prime minister.
Clinton, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to
then-Senator Barack Obama, said at a marketing conference in San
Francisco earlier this week that she was thinking about running for
president again in 2016.
She has been giving speeches across the country since leaving the
State Department last year.
A hotel spokeswoman told Reuters she had no information on the
episode, and a spokesman for Clinton did not immediately reply to a
request for comment.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Cynthia Johnston, Leslie
Adler, Toni Reinhold and Eric Walsh)
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